The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro. Published by St. Martins

It’s the summer of 1992 on Avalon Island, an enclave for both the wealthy and the middle class workers who staff Gredder Aviation Factory.  The Gypsy moth infestation is causing havoc as caterpillars spill from trees onto everyone and everything. Leslie Day Marshall has arrived back on the island to take up residence in her family estate The Castle, and she’s brought her husband, an African-American and their bi-racial children with her. Their arrival has caused a stir in the island, with some people openly disapproving of their marriage. Maddie doesn’t care about any of that, she’s fallen head over heels in love with Leslie’s son, Brooks, and folks have plenty to say about that too. Of even greater concern, are the number of cancer diagnoses and deaths on the island. Some people believe it’s because of Gredder Aviation, but can the islanders turn their back on its main source of income? And if they keep quiet, what is the cost? A look at small town racism and economic uncertainty at the end of the twentieth century


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