Cash is an unemployed romantic. Skye is a successful DJ with a volcanic personality. Jefferson is the hedonistic heir to a massive fortune. Kinsley is an optimistic, workaholic social media manager. These four twenty-somethings choose to spend the summer together in the occasionally opulent and frequently overindulgent Hamptons. The group gallivants around Montauk, Sagaponack, East Hampton, Southampton, and Sag Harbor, slowly coming to grips with post-college life and adulthood in the area’s most acclaimed hotspots. Each narrator has an atypical manner of sharing their stories of this summer and how the three months changed them forever.
As in Wil Glavin’s debut novel, The Venerable Vincent Beattie, Silhouettes South of 27 focuses heavily on how social media, texting, and smartphones have affected the dating lives of the younger millennial and zoomer generations. For some, that means frequently checking up on a partner, while others find comfort in daily “sexting.” This book dives deep into these relationships and leaves readers pondering the ever-important questions of what constitutes a healthy couple and at what point are significant others being emotionally abusive or toxic?
At its core, Silhouettes South of 27 is a suspenseful character study centered around truth. Speaking in the first-person narrative, all four protagonists will tell you their version of the summer of 2018. It will leave you constantly questioning: if a group of people tells you their memories of the same story, why do you believe one over another? What would make a person hide or even lie about certain events? Silhouettes South of 27 takes you on a frenzied journey that shifts from romantic to sarcastic to grotesque to mystifying to X-rated erotic to mysterious to funny, as each character’s section reveals additional details, gradually untangling this frenetic web of vignettes.