Due to the publishing of her debut novel Summer on The Bluffs, Asunción Cummings, a.k.a. Sunny Hostin, one of The View’s co-hosts, now holds the title of bestselling author.
Amelia “Ama” Vaux Tanner, a wealthy widow, seeks to leave her Martha’s Vineyard house to one of her three adult goddaughters as she prepares to relocate to France. The TV personality and legal expert has written a lively, realistic tale. Esperanza “Perry” Soto, an Afro-Latina lawyer, is one of them. Does this sound all too familiar?
Summer on The Bluffs
Although Summer on the Bluffs is based on the author’s own experiences, she didn’t get the chance to see herself in a best-selling beach read as a kid because her family has been renting a house on the Vineyard for years. Hostin says she grew up reading novels where black and brown women weren’t the protagonists, and she’s trying to change that.
Representation is important to the 52-year-old, so it’s not unexpected that he has this goal. Afro-Latino Americans were left out of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film In The Heights, which Hostin, who is known for her outspokenness, brought out on The View recently.
Oprah Daily quotes actress Lori Hostin as saying, “I felt unseen, especially as someone who grew up in New York City.” Black Dominicans and Black Puerto Ricans populate the Heights, therefore the absence of any group was unexpected to me.
In an interview with Oprah Daily, Hostin revealed why she’s reconsidering her decision to change her last name to “Hostin”—and why she’s so proud of her African-American heritage. Martha’s Vineyard hot places, curly hair secrets and more were also revealed by her.
To Begin your Vacation on the Vineyard, What do You do When you Arrive?
Right after the lobster roll with butter, we head to Nancy’s where I have a Painkiller. It’s a place where I can relax and enjoy the view of the lake. We normally meet my kids at Inkwell Beach because they like to walk there. As a following step, I take a stroll up and down Circuit Avenue to check what’s going on and get a sense of the vibe.
Walk to Jimmy Seas and check how long the line is, then plan my overindulgence. Basically, that’s what I’m good at doing. The only things I do here are eat, drink, and laze around in the warm weather. It’s where I feel most at home, and I treasure it greatly.
How Much of Perry Soto, Your Protagonist, is Based on your Own Experiences as an Afro-Latina lawyer?
In addition, she’s married to a physician (laughs). As a result, Perry is inspired by my own life experiences. Infertility is a problem for her.
Fertile Myrtle buddies have made her a little jealous. As a result of her husband’s friendship with a pregnant and close friend of her husband, she’s feeling a little envious. All of this has happened to me, for certain. I believe you write from your heart. Several of the characters, not only Perry, are based on people I’ve met.
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You’re a Lot Like Perry.
I’ve always known that she doesn’t believe she can have it all. Prioritizing is an essential part of life. Because she also wants to be perfect, I don’t have to be. No spoilers here, but she has a little extracurricular activity going on, whereas I’m strictly a straight arrow. My inclination is not toward matters of the heart. Unless, of course, Idris Elba decides to get into it.