The essay argues that Summer Will Show offers the reader a ‘politics of reorientation’. It suggests that the novel centres
on moments of transition, which are for the protagonists moments of reckoning and
rebuilding that reconstruct their political priorities and understandings. The narrative
shows the protagonist Sophia Willoughby reorienting herself not only to see, but also
to address the situation which was for her previously in the background. The essay
analyses interrelations between class, gender, sexuality and race in the novel.