Fiction. Women's Studies. World War II has left the once popular tourist town of Braxton, Wyoming derelict. Its golden age of cattle kings, dude ranches, and its famous Cutthroat Lake Lodge has ended. Unbeknownst to those returning here, the town and their lives are about to change.
Sonny, a decorated soldier, has returned to recover from wartime wounds. Francine, a divorcee, comes to revive an old dude ranch. One cowgirl, Jessica, returns to forget an abusive boyfriend with drink and work, while a swashbuckling widower, Will, schemes to turn the mountains into a ski resort. All the while, an aging cowboy, Ed, tries to hold onto Cutthroat Lake Lodge despite its heavy debts and the changing times. As these strangers try to revitalize the town to their own visions, tensions escalate. Then a famous photographer and his entourage arrive for a magazine shoot, and the future seems promising for Braxton—until he disappears in the mountains. Part adventure, part ode to the West, ONE SUMMER ON CUTTHROAT LAKE is a tale about the hard-won lessons of life and love in the great wide open.
Owen Duffy's first novel, THE ARTICHOKE QUEEN, was published by Livingston Press in 2015. His second novel, ONE SUMMER ON CUTTHROAT LAKE, was also published by Livingston Press in 2020. His fiction has appeared in various journals such as Passages North, New South, Storyglossia, New Delta Review, PANK, and Hawai'i Review. He holds an MFA in writing from Rutgers-Newark and currently teaches and mentors young writers. He lives with his family in Shaftsbury, Vermont.Author City: CHARLESTON, SC USA