Being queer in a small town? Bad. Your employer believing you stole ten thousand dollars? Worse.
Abboton, IN has kept hard-partying Victor Adewale in the closet for his entire life. So he makes a deal with his stern Nigerian father: Clean up his act, hold down a job, and the dad will pay for him to attend grad school in New York. Easy enough, until $10,000 goes missing from Victor’s Hot Topic-esque mall store under his watch, leaving him the prime suspect.
Meanwhile, Victor’s secret ex-boyfriend Kyle sets him up with fellow mallrat Amory. A bisexual love triangle forms when it becomes clear Victor and Kyle aren’t over each other. But as Victor grows increasingly certain that Kyle is responsible for the theft, their relationship gets way more complicated.
Desperate, Victor turns to his dangerous friend Henshaw, who offers shady alternative methods of getting the money he needs. But Henshaw’s got secrets of his own that might destroy them all.
Alexandrine Ogundimu is a Nigerian-American transgender writer from Indiana. She lives in the zeitgeist. This is her first novel.
"The Longest Summer perfectly captures the black comedy that is midwestern life through its complex central character and colorful writing. Ogundimu’s debut is a Solo cup cocktail with plenty of sour and bubbly elements to give the reader a buzz as they continue to indulge. It looks to capture one life-changing season in a young person’s life for all the gritty unpleasantness that comes from trying to place yourself in the adult world."
“With The Longest Summer, Ogundimu manages to tap into the very essence of what it means to be human in a world that literally ceases to have meaning… in the process, once again, proving to the world that she is one of the best at her craft. It is in the decayed city of Abboton, Indiana (an almost too-perfect portrayal of a very specific moment in time of a very specific part of the American Midwest) that a certain type of slow-motion violence occurs—quietly descending upon its denizens, and sending out never-ending waves of irreparable destruction. I mean… My father lays his rifle across the bed and tells my mother “One of us is going to die tonight.” Holy Hell. Jesus Christ. WTGDF. This is one that is going to stay with you forever.”
- Mike Kleine
“Do you remember your early twenties? Think back. When every action carried weight, when friends were as important as blood? Alexandrine Ogundimu’s The Longest Summer is beautifully alive with the flush of young adulthood. Victor Adewale and his friends felt totally real to me – lost, searching, bound by indecision, yet joyously alive – people I would have hung out with. If you buy just one book this summer, make sure it’s this book.”
- James Nulick, author of Lazy Eyes
“Ogundimu consistently produces visceral prose, and The Longest Summer, her most extended work to date, is her first masterpiece. The dinge of the Midwest and the despair of its inhabitants shine through, alongside a profound alienation. Humanity is reduced to a corporate script, while personal connections flounder under the weight of economic oppression, bigotry and surreal external forces. It feels like an environmental evil is persecuting the narrator, and its effects penetrate to the micro-personal level. A radical loneliness manifests as events unfold according to a logic that is not fate, but the result of human agency. The knowledge that other choices could have been made only exacerbates the sense of doom these circumstances elicit. Someone willed this hell into existence. A feel-good summer read.”
-Charlene Elsby, author of Hexis
"Every tightly written line of Alexandrine Ogundimu’s accomplished debut novel sizzles with wit, dark humor, and humanity, seamlessly infused into a propulsive storyline that also slyly interrogates our Capitalist value-system. Protagonist and anti-hero Victor Adewale and the complex characters that surround him in The Longest Summer have much to tell us about class, race, sexuality, and above all soul-searching as a young person in the 21st century American midwest."