Thousands of families and individuals are attracted to the South Carolina coast each year, renting houses up and down the beach throughout the seasons. They bring their lives with them when they come to this magical place.
In A Week at Surfside Beach, a collection described as “thought-provoking, pleasant, funny, sad, light-hearted and deep,” author Pierce Koslosky Jr. has crafted 16 poignant short stories that paint a vivid portrait of the beach’s diverse, temporary inhabitants.
Set over the course of a single rental season that ends at Christmas, the book’s unrelated characters all have their stays in the blue beach house, yet each story has a distinct message at its core. Readers will follow people in every stage of life — from a six-year-old entering the imaginary world of crabs to an escapee from a retirement home — and witness their varied individual experiences. These are stories of hope and redemption, connection and detachment, and lessons taught and learned.
Both original and contemplative, heartbreaking and inspirational, A Week at Surfside Beach brings together a collection of tales with seemingly ordinary, simple and familiar details — yet underneath their calm, relatable surfaces exist the uncomfortable, extraordinary complexities of life.