When Mitch Quillen's life begins to unravel, he fears there is no escape. His marriage and his career are both failing, and his relationship with his father has been a disaster for decades. Approaching 40, Mitch doesn't want to become a middle-aged statistic. When his estranged father, Jim, suddenly calls, Mitch's wife urges him to respond. Ready for a change, Mitch heads to Montana and a showdown that will alter the course of his life.
Amid a backdrop of rugged peaks and valleys, the story unfolds: a violent episode that triggered the rift, 30 years of miscommunication, and the possibility of misplaced blame.
Craig Lancaster follows his award-winning debut, 600 Hours of Edward, with a powerful novel that invites listeners into a family where conflict and secrets prevail, and where hope for healing and redemption is possible.
©2012 Craig Lancaster (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"This Sleeper Is Fantastic!"
After reading Edward Adrift and 600 Hours of Edward, I was trying to get my hands on anything written by Craig Lancaster. While listening to The Summer Son, I realized Lancaster's true strength as a writer.
Lancaster displays a similar writing style to Carson McCullers..tough, dark, and at times, harsh. Like Carson McCullers, he is passively descriptive one moment, and the next moment, is up and in your face.
The Summer Son is the age-old Father/Son story written from a fresh and unheard perspective. It is the story of a boy who grew up with a father, but never had a dad. Lancaster writes of the heavy- hearted consequences men endure who live with unresolved father/son dysfunction.
The story goes back and forth between childhood and adulthood, and flows as smooth as hot butter. The father's life unfolds for us slowly, slowly.. until we start getting glimpses of the man he was, and the man he is now. A man made of old worn out leather, but reaching out for a last chance.
The ending is unexpected, and just a class act. This book isn't sad, and it's not depressing...but it does have a bite. It will linger in your mind.
"A great story in need of a better narrator!"
This is a great story, told in the voice of a man whose relationship with his father was broken when he was just a boy. He spent his summers with him until suddenly, his father sent him away and the boy never got over it. Until. . . . his own relationship with his wife faltered, his errant father tried to touch base with him and he was forced to uncover decades-old burdens they both bore. The story is very worthwhile. The narration is at times stiff and pedantic which detracts a bit. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
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