1/20 VIRTUAL Author Event with Caitlin Hamilton Summie

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"...tender...[a] mature depiction of love and sisterhood...Geographies of the
Heart is a piercing novel populated by absorbing legacies and instances of
—Foreword Reviews

“...Summie writes with admirable nuance.” —Publishers Weekly

"An accomplished, confident debut, with complex characters you'll be rooting
—J. Ryan Stradal, bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great
Midwest and The Lager Queen of Minnesota



Union Avenue Books welcomes author Caitlin Hamilton Summie for a virtual Zoom event to present her latest book, "Geographies of the Heart."

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Book Description

Sarah Macmillan always puts family first, but she can’t quite stretch her

arms wide enough to hold on to everyone as they all age: her career-

minded, inattentive younger sister, Glennie; their grandparents,

who are slowly fading; or a pregnancy Sarah desperately wanted. But it’s her
tumultuous relationship with Glennie that makes Sarah feel the
loneliest. She’d always believed that their relationship was
foundational, even unbreakable. Though blessed with a happy marriage
to Al, whose compassion and humor she admires, Sarah shoulders both
caregiving and loss largely alone and grows bitter about Glennie’s
absences, until one decision forces them all to decide what family
means—and who is family. Narrated by the chorus of their three voices,
this elegantly told and deeply moving novel examines the pull of tradition,

the power of legacies, the importance of forgiveness, and the
fertile but fragile ground that is family, the first geography to shape our


More Praise
"Geographies of the Heart is both riveting and moving, its characters rendered with painstaking and loving
attention. I got to know them very well, and the author made me care about them. Caitlin Hamilton Summie
is not afraid to go deep, to explore the fears and emotions most of us spend so much time trying to conceal.
I loved this novel. I only wish there were more like it."—Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World
“Years of secrets, resentments, and words left unspoken force a family to examine the fragile complexities of
the heart. A tender yet powerful journey, where bitterness gives way to the determination it takes to stitch
lives back together.”—Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt


About the Author
Caitlin Hamilton Summie earned an MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University, and her
short stories have been published in Beloit Fiction Journal, Wisconsin Review, Puerto del Sol, JMWW,
Mud Season Review, Belmont Story Review, Hypertext Magazine, and more. Her story collection, TO
LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS, won the fourth annual Phillip H. McMath Book Award, Silver in the
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award for Short Stories, and was a Pulpwood Queen Book Club Bonus
Book. Her debut novel, GEOGRAPHIES OF THE HEART, was inspired by three stories in her
collection and is due out from Fomite Press in January 2022. She spent many years in Massachusetts,
Minnesota, and Colorado before settling with her family in Knoxville, Tennessee. She co-owns the book
marketing firm, Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, founded in 2003. Find her online at


About the Publisher
Fomite was founded in 2011 by Marc Estrin and Donna Bister. The press publishes literary fiction, poetry,
“odd bird” manuscripts, and political tracts. Fomite has published 213 titles and anticipates a release of
25 titles in 2021. Fomite titles have been long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize, a finalist for The Vermont
Book Award, finalists for the IndieFab (now The Indies) Book of the Year Awards, and received an
Honorable Mention for the PEN Hemingway Award. The press is located in Burlington, Vermont.

Event date: 
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
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