We'll be releasing our second print issue in January 2009, collecting a sampling of works published here in 2007 and 2008. Support us and the literary community by purchasing a copy for $10 (U.S. shipping price). We are also offering a package deal: Volume One + Volume Two for $17.

But everything in the print issue is already online for free. What more do I get by giving you money?

O.K., look: If you read the stories online and are happy with that, we're more than grateful. It's all one big happy family. But if you are a reader who likes something in your hands, or you are looking for a special gift for a special someone, or you just admire us for whatever odd, beautiful reason, go for it. Take the print issue with you on a train, a long drive or flight, and fall into these literary pieces we have selected for you. We're certain there is at least one in the issue that will hit you, hard.

But I can just as well see your site on my Kindle or iPod or BlackBerry. The stories read fine there, and a print issue is one less thing I need to lug around.

We can't argue with that, and we don't want to. At the end of it all, what we want, passionately, is to get these literary stories and essays we truly love into the lives of more people. A print issue is just one more way we can do that.

Our Lit Pick of the Quarter is from Gulf Coast this time, Volume 20 Number 2, Summer/Fall 2008. Written by Brenda Miller, it is an essay entitled "Table of Figures," with the rather unusual characteristic of being in third person. A girl is growing up, ultimately alone but trying to love her own self. The dreamy prose drew us in completely, and we hope it will do the same to you. Here is the first paragraph -

A girl becomes aware of herself as a girl. She is approximately five years old (maybe six, at the oldest seven). Note the mother instructing this girl that she now must wear a T-shirt while playing in the summertime with the boys on the block. Note the girl's naked torso, her downward gaze onto an expanse of bare flesh punctuated by two flat nipples. Outside the sun bears down, its heat insistent, but the afternoon breeze a familiar pleasure on this skin. Radiating lines from the girl's face indicate a new source of heat: the first inklings of shame. But also—beneath, within, around that shame—something more complex, a deeper pleasure, the first inklings of power.

The Summerset Review
Joseph Levens - Editor
Amy Leigh Owen Assistant Editor
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December on the Internet, and periodically in print form. Founded in 2002, the journal is devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories and essays.

All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to editor@summersetreview.org. Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

This publication is made possible, in part, with grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency. We are very thankful for the support and encouragement these organizations have given our journal and the literary community.

The Summerset Review is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in New York State.

ISSN 1933-7175

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