Grab Bag: An Honor for ‘The Summer Son’

I’m pleased to be able to say that my second novel, The Summer Son, has been selected as a finalist for the Utah Book Award in fiction.

It joins two other novels — Sarah/Sara by Jacob Paul and Danse Macabre by Gerald Elias — as a finalist for the award, which will be presented October 15th at Westminster College in Salt Lake City as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival.

Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled about this and honored that my book is in such good company.

Here’s a look at the Paul and Elias books:


Publisher: Ig Publishing

Pages: 200

An engrossing meditation on the meaning of faith, Sarah/Sara is the story of a young Orthodox Jewish woman who undertakes a solo kayaking journey across the Arctic Ocean after her parents are killed and she is disfigured by a terrorist bomb in a Jerusalem café. Haunted by her parents’ death, and in particular by memories of her father, a 9/11 survivor whose dream was to kayak through the Arctic, Sarah embarks on her expedition unprepared for the strenuous physical and emotional trial that lies ahead. What begins as a series of diary entries on her struggle with faith ends in a fight for survival, as Sarah slowly comes to realize that she is lost in the Arctic wilderness with the ice closing in around her.

The author, Jacob Paul, is an English professor at the University of Utah and a survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.




Danse Macabre

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Pages: 288

From Booklist: When internationally celebrated violin virtuoso Rene Allard is found grotesquely murdered, blind violin teacher and former concertmaster Daniel Jacobus finds himself reluctantly involved in what seems to be an open-and-shut case. For Allard’s rival, the sensational crossover violinist and former Allard student who calls himself BTower, has been observed at the scene of the crime with blood on his hands. Jacobus, the protagonist of Elias’ first novel, Devil’s Trill (2009), remains an irascible and not always likable amateur sleuth, but with the help of a formidable presence and, like a terrier, never lets go.


And, of course, if you’re interested in The Summer Son, there’s plenty of information right here.

4 Responses

  1. Congrats Craig–you deserve it!

    I’ve just this week cracked open your book and am engrossed . . . lots of punch in the story line and in the writing. Good luck!

    July 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

  2. Lancaster

    Thank you so much, Ruth. Coming from someone of your talent, that is high praise.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:15 am

  3. Susan Wolfe

    Congratulations on the nomination for The Summer Son. Can’t wait to enjoy my copy.
    I owe you details on the Joliet Book Club meeting. Date: August 16, 4:30 pm at the Library (inside the Community Center). We’ll have refreshments to celebrate our reading of 600 Hours of Edward – but probably not cornflakes or DiGiorno pizza. Hope that you can join us. It was great meeting you Saturday.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm

  4. Lancaster

    Hi, Susan …

    I will do my very best to be there.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm