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....
|Title||:||The Myth of Perpetual Summer|
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The Myth of Perpetual Summer Reviews
I am always in pure bliss when I come across great Historical Fiction. The Myth of Perpetual Summer by author Susan Crandall has been such a delight to read.
So many feels for everything about this book...historical fiction, a coming of age tale, topics touching on family dysfunction, dark secrets that keep resurfacing, the choices we make and the effects of those choices, heart break and scandal....it's such an expansive story of the James family and all the drama that surrounds them and their ...more
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Sadly, I'm going to sit this one aside for now and maybe try again at another time. I don't read a lot of historical fiction and when I do they are usually in the gothic haunted mansion variety. The pacing of this one is much slower than what I'm used to and I keep finding myself distracted every time I pick this up.
I will say the writing itself is exceptional. It's no wonder that Susan Crandall has achieved the success that she has.
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
4.5 *s. I love a good Southern dysfunctional family tale and this novel fits. After fleeing a difficult childhood to live her adult life in California, Tallulah returns to the south when her brother has been put in jail. Tallulah is forced to address her past and finds more secrets revealed. This is a well written story with great characters.
Thanks to Gallery Books for a free copy.
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.
The half-page prologue lured me right into this story! It’s 1972 and an adult Tallulah has returned home to small town Mississippi without the open door of the family plantation- it’s ruined - or the welcoming arms of family - they’re estranged and her youngest brother’s on trial for murder.
Just when she settles in, chapters take us back to her childhood so we understand why she ever left. This is not a well-to-do Southern family. They’re dysfunctional and struggling to make a living with their ...more
“I stare at the house for a few minutes, even now surprised I’m standing here, a place I thought I’d never see again. It causes a strange sense of vertigo, this collision of long-ago and now of childhood pain and adult understanding, of the unchangeable past and the possibilities of the future.” My favorite quote in The Myth of Perpetual Summer
This story tugged at my heart. Tallulah James, a precocious and thoughtful 13-year old girl grew up way too fast due to her selfish and largely absent par ...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