Carley Fortune: debut novel set in Barry’s Bay

During last summer’s lockdown here, Carley Fortune, the Executive Editor at Refinery29, decided her pandemic project would be to finally write a fictional story. The result: her debut novel ‘Every Summer After’ was scooped up by Penguin Random House and is now available to pre-order on (The Canadian cover will follow at a future date.) Above: Every Summer After (left) by Carley Fortune (right). Photos: Penguin Random House (left); Twitter/@CarleyFortune (right)

Amazon’s synopsis reads:

Five summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.

A magazine writer has to make a choice when she returns to the lake she grew up on, and to the man she thought she’d never have to live without, in this achingly nostalgic debut.

Barry’s Bay resident (and proud mom) Nancy Fortune shared with us a recent interview her daughter gave to writer Melissa Yang. In it, Carley said there is a bit of her in both main characters. “I grew up on this little dirt road on Kamaniskeg Lake, and my parents ran a restaurant, so that’s quite a lot like Sam….All the glittery lake scenery and the drive north to Barry’s Bay from the city, that’s all very much drawn from my life.”

“It’s such a beautiful corner of the world, and particularly where the book is set. It’s my favorite place to be…. I was just feeling very nostalgic about my time growing up on a lake and my friends from that time so the book is really infused with that nostalgia.”Click HERE to read the full interview. LINK:

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