Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Release Date: 1986
THE STORY: Kerr, in the NY Herald-Tribune, describes: This, says Mr. Williams through the most sympathetic voice among his characters, 'is a true story about the time and the world we live in.' He has made it seem true--or at least curiously and su
The town of Yorktide, close to Maine’s beautiful beaches and the city of Portland, seems like the perfect place to raise a family. For Jane Patterson, there’s another advantage: her best friend, Frannie Giroux, lives next door, and their teenaged daughters, Rosie and Meg, are inseparable. But in the girls’ freshman year of high school, everything changes. Rosie—quiet, shy, and also very pretty—attracts the sneers and slights of a clique of older girls. Over time, the bullying worsens. When Meg betrays their friendship, fearful that she too will be targeted, Rosie suffers an emotional breakdown. Blaming both Meg and Frannie, Jane tries to help Rosie heal while dealing with her own guilt and anger. In the months that follow, each struggles with the ideas of forgiveness and compassion, of knowing when a friendship is shattered beyond repair—and when hope can be salvaged, one small moment at a time... Praise for Holly Chamberlin “Chamberlin’s latest is a great summer read but with substance. It will find a wide audience in its exploration of sisterhood, family, and loss.” –Library Journal on Summer with My Sisters
Author: Albert Ramsdell Gurney
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Release Date: 1983
THE STORY: The setting is a well-to-do vacation colony on the shores of Lake Erie, the time 1945, during the final stages of World War II. Charlie, an incipiently rebellious fourteen-year-old, is summering with his mother and sister (his father is
Author: Tahar Djaout
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release Date: 2007
This elegant, haunting novel takes us deep into the world of bookstore owner Boualem Yekker. He lives in a country being overtaken by the Vigilant Brothers, a radically conservative party that seeks to control every element of life according to the laws of their stringent moral theology: no work of beauty created by human hands should rival the wonders of their god. Once-treasured art and literature are now despised. ø Silently holding his ground, Boualem withstands the new regime, using the shop and his personal history as weapons against puritanical forces. Readers are taken into the lush depths of the bookseller's dreams, the memories of his now-empty family life, his passion for literature, then yanked back into the terror and drudgery of his daily routine by the vandalism, assaults, and death warrants that afflict him. ø From renowned Algerian author Tahar Djaout we inherit a brutal and startling story that reveals how far an ordinary human being will go to maintain hope.
Margaret loves her parents and hanging out with her best friend, Maizon. Then it happens, like a one-two punch, during the summer she turns eleven: first, Margaret's father dies of a heart attack, and then Maizon is accepted at an expensive boarding school, far away from the city they call home. For the first time in her life, Margaret has to turn to someone who isn't Maizon, who doesn't know her heart and her dreams. . . . "Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story of nearly adolescent children, but a mature exploration of grown-up issues: death, racism, independence, the nurturing of the gifted black child and, most important, self-discovery."(The New York Times)
Three-year-old Caleb was afraid of the ocean. The waves were so big and fierce, and he was so little. He would play in the sand where the water could not reach him, but he refused to go in-until one magical afternoon last summer. With Dad at his side, gingerly coaxing and encouraging him to "look at the whole ocean, not just the waves," Caleb left his fears behind and stepped into the ocean for the first time.In Last Summer, author and photographer Raquel Jaramillo beautifully blends delicate sepia-tone photos with minimal text from a child's perspective to create a gentle, loving keepsake for any dad. These intimate photographs document the little boy's apprehensions, and his father's loving support, as he ultimately triumphs over fear. Readers will sense that they were there, celebrating with Caleb, sharing the moment when he first splashed into the waves as they crashed onto shore. The story is even more compelling because it's true. On that momentous summer day, Jaramillo captured these moments as her young son found the courage, with just the right words from Dad, to step into the surf. Serving as a metaphor for life, Last Summer is a warm, simple tale that will resonate with both children and adults alike as they remember their own childhood fears, and the sense of joy and independence that emerged once those fears were conquered.
Author: Evan Hunter
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2017-06-13
Three teenagers turn an idyllic summer vacation into a violent nightmare in this “compelling and unforgettable” novel by the bestselling author of The Blackboard Jungle (Harper’s). Bored, restless, privileged teenagers Sandy, David, and Peter meet while vacationing with their families on remote Greensward Island. The two boys, both sixteen, are immediately entranced by Sandy’s beauty and frank sexuality. Over the course of the summer, the trio creates an illicit teenage paradise far removed from adult supervision. Stolen beers and lustful teasing lead to more nefarious games, however, when Rhoda appears. Shy, quiet, and unsophisticated, the fifteen-year-old desperately wants to fit in with her more glamorous peers. Her awkwardness brings out a vicious cruel streak in Sandy, who has David and Peter so tightly wrapped around her finger they’ll do whatever she wants—even if it means destroying an innocent life. A fearless, unflinching portrait of youth gone wild, Last Summer was the basis for an Academy Award–nominated film starring Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Richard Thomas, and Catherine Burns. Originally published in 1968 and heralded by Cosmopolitan as “the most chilling novel of this—or any—autumn,” Last Summer transforms a coming-of-age story into a dark and twisted fable and confirms Evan Hunter’s reputation as a master of suspense.
Author: Michael Thomas Ford
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date: 2004-07-01
Michael Thomas Ford delivers a triumphant first novel about a group of gay men looking for love, losing the past, and finding themselves in the bars and on the beaches of Provincetown. Josh Felling has always been a romantic--up until the moment his lover Doug announced that he'd had an affair with a guy from their gym. Now, with his life playing out like a very bad movie of the week, Josh impulsively heads to the Cape for a few days--long enough to figure out where his relationship--what's left of it--might be going. But the summer has other plans for Josh, and his trip to P-town will bring bigger changes than he ever imagined. With its windswept dunes, lazy summer days, and starry nights filled with possibilities, Provincetown holds special appeal for those who call it home. . .and for those who come seeking its open welcome. People like Reilly Brennan, son of an old P-town family, whose days are caught up in wedding plans, even as his nights are increasingly taken over by heated fantasies about other men. . .Wide-eyed, blond-haired, All-American Toby Evans, an escapee from the Midwest ready to spend the summer in the equivalent of gay boot camp for anyone who will tutor him. . .Elegant Emmeline, age unknown, a southern belle straight out of Faulkner, with a mean drag act and almost enough money for her permanent gender transformation. . .Ty Rusk, one of Hollywood's hottest new stars hiding an ages-old secrets about to explode. Weaving in and out of these and other lives like the concierge of a Grand Hotel, Josh is in for the summer of his life, a time of turning points and bridges burned, of second chances and new beginnings, of renewal and hope that will bring him closer to becoming the man he needs to be. "This is a cut above more mainstream gay fiction offerings, thanks to Ford's crisp prose and snappy, contemporary dialogue. . ..the sandy, barefoot-friendly setting morphs all the melodrama into a satisfying beach book--and a pleasant fiction debut for Ford."--Publishers Weekly
Author: Ajay Peter Manuel
Release Date: 2013-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Life is an adventure to embark upon. Having traveled around the world, my life has been full of separations, and new beginnings. Time flows incessantly, no matter what happens around us. The last six years of my life describe a unique journey from high school in Sudan to a university in Canada. The experience enabled me to learn the importance of family, friends, and love- along with the need to live life without regrets. My story begins with my struggles as an eleventh grader at Khartoum American School in Sudan, revealing the raw emotions of my first infatuation with a girl, her rejection, and my subsequent efforts to move on without her. Nothing could have prepared me then for the sequence of events that were to unfold in my life that summer, and the few years that followed. It all began when I found a friend in Tina. Our Last Summer offers a poignant glimpse into a young man's coming-of-age journey through laughter, tears, betrayal, infatuation, and love as he cherishes the memories of his past, learns to live in the present, and happily anticipates his future.
Author: Mary Jane Staples
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-11-30
Job and Jemima Hardy weren't Londoners by birth. They had both lived in a Sussex village until lack of work had sent Job and the family to Walworth - to a house in Stead Street. They got it cheap because of the poltergiest but they were sensible folk and decided that eight shillings a week rent was a bargain and - well - if the floors and doors sometimes moved a bit, they could live with it. They settled quickly into London life - particularly Jonathan, the eldest. Jonathan got a job at Camberwell Green and it was there, in Lyons teashop, that he met Emma Somers, niece of Boots Adams. Over a long and hazy summer - the summer of 1939 - the two young people met, always at lunchtime, and never allowing their friendship to progress too far. Then, as the clouds of war gathered over Europe, Jonathan got his call-up papers. And the first alarms of conflict began to affect the Adams family in other ways. Boots, on the Officer's Reserve list, was called onto the staff of General Sir Henry Sims, and Polly Sims herself joined the Auxiliaries. Suddenly there was only a little time left for people to lead ordinary lives - and Jonathan Hardy and Emma Somers had to make decisions about their future.
1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer... Judith Kinghorn's The Last Summer is a dramatic and moving novel set against the heartbreak of the First World War. The perfect read for fans of Kate Morton and Sarra Manning. 'Epic and enthralling' - Woman & Home Clarissa is 17, the world her own. Who would know that this could be the last summer? Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university, she is dazzled. Tom is handsome and enigmatic; he is also an outsider. Ambitious, clever, his sights set on a career in law, Tom is an acute observer, and a man who knows what he wants. For now, that is Clarissa. As Tom and Clarissa's friendship deepens, the wider landscape of political life around them is changing, and soon the world - and all that they know - is rocked irrevocably by a war that changes their lives for ever. What readers are saying about The Last Summer: 'A beautiful story of two people who were meant to be together despite all that life throws at them' 'A gripping storyline full of dilemmas, emotions and overwhelmingly moving events' 'Beautifully written, compelling, moving & evocative of the era in which it is set. The author deserves every positive accolade'
Rory McShane should be excited to spend the summer in East Hampton with Connor Rule, her generous, smart, cute boyfriend. After all, Rory's no longer the hired help at the Rule famile mansion on the beach, and she and Connor have made it through a year of long-distance dating. But now in the months leading up to college, Rory can't help but wonder if she really belong's in Connor's world. Isabel Rule is still trying to get over Mike, the last devastatingly sexy surfer who broke her heart last summer. Enter Evan, an aspiring filmmaker who's kind, funny, and crushing on Isabel. He'd be the perfect summer fling - so why can't she seem to forget about Mike? Set against a backdrop buzzing with the rich, the famous, and the wannabe rich and famous, Since Last Summer is the perfect beach read for teen and new adult readers.
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: 2019-07-15
Indulge with this irresistible summer romance by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan! There are some summers you’ll remember forever… Fiery chef ƒlise is determined to make this summer one of them—but with the grand opening of her chic French café falling apart, it looks like it might for all the wrong reasons. Until Sean O’Neill comes back to town. Last summer, ƒlise and Sean shared one hazy whirlwind night together—and Elise is looking forward to repeating their last encounter. As long as she can stick to her one-night-only rule and listen to her head rather than her heart. After all, Sean hates life in his home town and is planning on leaving again soon as he can. But recapturing the magic of last summer could be about to change everything…. Book 2 in the O’Neill Brothers trilogy Look out for the other stories in the trilogy! Sleigh Bells in the Snow Maybe This Christmas Available now! Originally published in 2014
Two Susans share a last summer. Susan Carson faces a mind-numbing factory job at the end of summer unless she can prove herself as a professional author. Becoming a companion to the dying artist, Susan Stone, means a chance to have time to write, time she does not have on a hard-working farm in Depression times. The older woman is indomitable, passionate and difficult, but warms to the younger. She shares the stories of her childhood, her dashing father, her marriage, and her life in the art circles of Paris and New York. She completes her last paintings. Young Susan learns of life both vicariously and at firsthand as she listens, writes, faces rejection, falls in love, and acknowledges that she must decide whether her heart or her talent will guide her life.
MY BOOK IS ABOUT FOUR FRIENDS, ALL WHO ARE BLACK IN THE DETROIT AREA AND COME FROM WELL TO DO FAMILIES. THREE OF THE GUYS ARE IN THEIR FINAL SUMMER BEFORE THEY ARE FINALLY FINISHED WITH HIGH SCHOOL AND HOPEFULLY GO OFF TO COLLEGE. THE FOURTH FRIEND HAS ONE MORE YEAR LEFT. THE MAIN CHARACTER WILL BE GOING TO VILLANOVA ON A TRACK SCHOLARSHIP. IN THAT SUMMER HE GOES THROUGH CHANGES AND PROBLEMS WITH HIS THREE FRIENDS, FALLS IN LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME AND LEARNS MORE ABOUT HIMSELF AND FRIENDS BEFORE HE LEAVES FOR COLLEGE. THE SECOND FRIEND IS BEING RAISED BY A SINGLE FATHER WHO BECAUSE OF HIS BUSINESS IS NEVER AT HOME. THE SECOND GUY IS A PRODIGY PIANIST WHO IS VERY TALENTED BUT BORED TO SOME EXTENT WITH LIFE. HE SELLS WEED TO THE KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BUT NOT ON A BROAD SCALE. HE MEETS SOME BIGGER FISH AND GETS IN OVER HIS HEAD. THE THIRD GUY’S FATHER AND ORIGINAL MOTHER ARE DECEASED AND BEFORE HIS FATHER DIED, HE MARRIED A YOUNG GOOD LOOKING GIRL WHO OUR CHARACTER DOESN’T GET ALONG WITH BECAUSE OF HIM THINKING THAT SHE MARRIED HIS FATHER ONLY FOR HIS MONEY. THERE IS ALSO A PROBLEM BETWEEN HIM AND HIS NEW STEP MOM DUE TO THE FACT THAT SHE GETS ALONG WITH HIS YOUNGER SISTER AND HE THINKS THEY ARE TEAMING UP AGAINST HIM. HE ALSO HAS A DRINKING PROBLEM THAT DOESN’T HELP HIS SITUATION. THE FOURTH GUY IS THE BIG FOOTBALL JOCK IN THEIR SCHOOL AND HE HAS THE BIG HEAD AND THINKS ITS HIS WORLD, WELCOME TO IT. THE STORY REVOLVES AROUND HOW EACH GUY TRIES TO UNDERSTAND HIMSELF BETTER AND HOW HE DEALS WITH IT. ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE STORY IS HOW BLACK PEOPLE COME TO SEE THEMSELVES WHEN THEY ARE PRIVILEGED AND THOUGH THEY ARE WELL OFF STILL HAVE PROBLEMS TO SOME EXTENT. THE STORY IS A COMING OF AGE STORY, A LOVE STORY, SOME GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES, LIFE IN GENERAL.