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The myth of perpetual summer, Susan Crandall

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The myth of perpetual summer
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The myth of perpetual summer
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Susan Crandall
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eng
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"A girl uncovers her family's history of mental illness against the background of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War in this moving coming-of-age tale that harkens to both The Glass Castle and Forrest Gump. Tallulah James comes from a long line of intelligent college professors with strong Southern roots...and long-buried family secrets. Tallulah's childhood is a tumultuous one. Her mother is often absent as she puts her goals to save the world over her family. Her father's ignored bipolar disorder results in bouts of depression and manic behavior that often leave Tallulah afraid and confused. But with her older brother Grif to watch out for her and her grandmother to make sure she grows up into a proper Southern lady--whatever that means--her life is stable enough: that is, until a terrible tragedy rocks her entire community. Forced to move away from everyone she knows and loves at the age of sixteen, Tallulah lives on her own for seven years before returning back to the Mississippi town where it all began. As she begins to uncover her family history and to forgive them for the past, she finally learns the truth that has been hidden from her for so long. In this heartwrenching, raw, and ultimately satisfying novel set against the background of the 1960s, the award-winning author of Whistling Past the Graveyard explores what the word family really means: in all of its ugliness, beauty, and messy complications"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ In the late 1960s, Tallulah James left her tiny Mississippi hometown for California, hoping that she would never have to return. But when her younger brother is arrested for murder in 1972, she leaves her new life behind and returns home, where she is forced to confront decades’ worth of family secrets. A series of flashbacks reveals Tallulah’s volatile childhood: her mother’s flippant neglect of her children in favor of a series of political causes, her father’s untreated mental illness, and the small-town gossip that ostracizes the entire James family. Tallulah’s only ally, both during her teen years and upon her return, is Ross Saenger. Now a respected (and well-connected) psychiatrist in New Orleans, Ross steps in to help exonerate Tallulah’s brother—and helps Tallulah come to terms with her family’s legacy. The dual narrative works, allowing Tallulah’s backstory to unfurl in unexpected ways and drawing out the tension of her current life. Crandall (The Flying Circus, 2015) explores both the long-lasting effects of family dysfunction and the strength it takes to move beyond childhood trauma in this compelling, atmospheric coming-of-age story ideal for fans of southern women’s fiction by Sue Monk Kidd and Karen White. -- Donohue, Nanette (Reviewed 6/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 19, p34)
  • /* Starred Review */ Early 1960s Mississippi is a center for change even as it grips tightly to the past, and 10-year-old Tallulah James and her family are buffeted by it. Trying to understand why her mother refuses to care for them as she takes off to march in rallies, and perplexed by a father whose moods swing unpredictably, Tallulah knows that she is responsible for her brothers and sister. Their grandmother, the keeper of family secrets, tries to be a steady force in their lives, and Tallulah's friends help as much as they can. But it is not enough; when she is 16, Tallulah walks away from it all. By 1972, she has forged a well-ordered life for herself in California. Thinking that she left her disastrous childhood behind in Mississippi, she watches a television broadcast of her brother's indictment for murder and realizes she must go home to save him. Told in alternating time lines, this complex novel takes teens who are willing to dig deeply into a family in crisis. VERDICT Purchase this poignant historical fiction novel about family, love, and coming of age for all collections.—Connie Williams, Petaluma Public Library, CA --Connie Williams (Reviewed 11/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 11, p81)
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Crandall, Susan
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3603.R375
LC item number
M98 2018
Literary form
fiction
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  • Nineteen sixties
  • Family secrets
Target audience
adult
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The myth of perpetual summer, Susan Crandall
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Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
Extent
350 pages
Isbn
9781501172014
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2017054116
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  • (OCoLC)1011679003
Label
The myth of perpetual summer, Susan Crandall
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
Extent
350 pages
Isbn
9781501172014
Lccn
2017054116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1011679003
  • (OCoLC)1011679003

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