Something was wrong but he didn’t know what. He had a great editorial job at a prestigious New York publisher. An apartment in downtown Manhattan. A huge circle of friends. A loving family.
When he was asked to join a share house in Montauk for the summer with a few dozen people, most of whom were strangers, John he viewed it as a potential escape hatch from his increasingly dark feelings. Montauk was nicknamed The End of the World, a surfer’s haven at the tip of the Hamptons, just a three-hour train ride from the city. On a winding hill sat a ramshackle split-level, where John and thirty-one friends would sleep, drink, party, and fall in and out of love. It was called The Hive.
Rather than an escape hatch, the Hive became a locus of reckoning. On the surface, the housemates seemed polished and unflappable. But friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within their tightly woven group. John writes with affection and honesty about the ensemble of people who called The Hive home that summer. Colby’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. Ashley was so choked with insecurity that she brought her hair straightener to the bar. D.Lo and Everett found love and Mike and Shane’s relationship was about to implode. And John was, for the first time, confronting his sexuality. He was falling in love with a fellow a housemate, Matt.
John Glynn is an editor at Hanover Square Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. He grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and lives in New York City. Out East is his first book.
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