From the national bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes a moving coming-of-age tale set in the tumultuous sixties that harkens to both Ordinary Grace and The Secret Life of Bees.Tallulah Jamess parents volatile relationship, erratic behavior, and hands-off approach to child rearing set tongues to wagging in their staid Mississippi town, complicating her already uncertain life. She takes the responsibility of shielding her familys reputation and raising her younger twin siblings onto her youthful shoulders. If not for the emotional constants of her older brother, Griff, and her old guard Southern grandmother, she would be lost. When betrayal and death arrive hand in hand, she takes to the road, headed to what turns out to be the not-so-promised land of Southern California. The dysfunction of her childhood still echoes throughout her scattered family, sending her brother on a disastrous path and drawing her home again. There she uncovers the secrets and lies that set her family on the road to destruction....
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The Myth of Perpetual Summer Reviews
“The Myth of Perpetual Summer” by Susan Crandall, published by Gallery Books.
Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – June 19, 2018.
I fell in love with Susan Crandall’s writing when I read “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and she certainly doesn’t disappoint one in her newest novel, in fact, I thought it was even better.
The story is based in the tumultuous 1960’s when everything seemed to be changing. Life styles, beliefs, Vietnam, and the family were going through an upheaval.
In rural Mis ...more
Tallulah James' life begins as a young girl living in the late 1950's in rural Lamoyne, Mississippi. Her mother neglects her and the entire family. The children call her by her first name, Margo and are resentful because she is so obsessed with other causes that she barely has time for them or their father. Tallulah's father, although a tenured professor at the local university, suffers from mental illness and keeps a liquor bottle as company as her childhood "progresses". Her grandmother is the ...more
3.5 review soon.
Thank you to Gallery books for providing me with a free copy of The Myth of Perpetual Summer in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
This. Book. Was. So. Good! I literally hugged this book when I turn the last page. This is going to be a full out gushy review because I have not one bad thing to say about this book.
When I think about why I like to read, the only important thing that comes to mind is: love of a good story. I love to be told a good story or read a good story. The ...more
The Myth of Perpetual Summer
Great writing and interesting characters combine
for a complex and moving coming-of-age story.
Tullulah James would be lost if it were not for her old older brother, Griff, and her Southern grandmother. Her parents are volatile and erratic and are rarely even home. Tallulah has taken personal responsibility for shielding the family‘s reputation and for raising her younger twin siblings.
Following a family death and abandonment Tullulah sets out a ...more
This book was about having to grow up with someone in the family with mental health illness. It was back in the days when people thought if they just hid it from others it would just go away. It was never talked about ever in the family, even if it was tearing them apart. Such a sad story. Though it was fiction, I'm sure in some families even now it is close to the truth.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I read Whistling Past the Graveyard a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it as a quirky coming of age story set in the south. I looked forward to reading The Myth of Perpetual Summer, expecting this story to be in a similar vein. However, this reads more like a mystery and I found the plot and characters more contrived. Tallulah, the protagonist, does not feel believable in the portions where she is a ten year old child, she simply feels lik ...more
Truly could not put this one down. A deep look into the lives of a troubled family with past secrets keep coming back to haunt them. Memorable characters and a setting so realistically described that I could feel the heat of the summer days. The perfect book for the beach, pool, or comfortable chair at home.