For her latest novel, MHC Professor of English Corinne Demas visits in literary form the place she spends each summer—Cape Cod. Returning to Shore, written for young-adult readers, explores the nuances of 15-year-old Claire’s relationship with her estranged father. He is known as the “town crazy person,” and learning to understand him makes Claire reconsider everything, Demas says.
The plot whisks Claire away to a tiny island off Cape Cod to spend the summer with her father—a man she hasn’t seen since she was three. As she explores both the magical marsh island and her mysterious father, Claire’s summer becomes less of an exile and more of a return.
Kirkus Reviews noted that the “father-daughter bond feels both earned and earnest” in this “quiet, lovely story with a satisfyingly sentimental ending.”
Corinne Demas is the author of two short-story collections, five novels, a memoir, a collection of poetry, two plays, and numerous books for children. She is also a fiction editor for the Massachusetts Review.
Video: See Demas discussing teenagers and transitions in this 2011 video about her first young-adult novel, Everything I Was.
Where to See and Hear Demas:
• Demas will appear on the Bill Newman Show Tuesday, March 4 at 9 am on WHMP radio (AM 1400, FM 96.9).
• The MHC English department will host a book party at 4:15 Tuesday, April 1 in the library's Stimson Room. Demas will read from her new novel and discuss the challenges of writing young-adult fiction.
• Demas will be on a panel of those who write books for young adults, at the Odyssey Bookshop on Saturday, April 12 at 4 pm.