The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall | Review

No matter how much you disappoint one another, or infuriate one another, no one makes you feel as connected to life as family.



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 James’s 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 family’s 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.

Book Details:

The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall
Published by Gallery Books (June 19, 2018)
Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction/Southern Fiction/Coming of Age
Source: NetGalley
Format: Kindle, 368 pages
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Disclosure: My thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing a copy of The Myth of Perpetual Summer for my reading and reviewing. Opinions expressed here are mine.

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Review of The Myth of Perpetual Summer

The Myth of Perpetual Summer opens in the 1960s as Tallulah James experiences her second birth. The second birth we all experience when we reach that point in our lives described as coming of age. Tallulah reaches this experience earlier than most of us because of who she is. Not the oldest among her siblings, she is the one willing to take charge and to attempt to hold the James family together.

Her parents are anything but traditional parents presenting to their children a volatile marital relationship, erratic behavior, and to the unbelieving residents of Tallulah’s staid Mississippi hometown a hands-off approach to their child-rearing. All these factors leave the children facing wagging tongues of other adults and rumors among classmates.

Tallulah’s escape to the promised land of California after her brother is charged with murder turns out to be less than she dreamed of. It seems she cannot escape her childhood, and eventually, she returns to Mississippi where she learns of the hate and lies that are the foundation of her family history and source of so much hurt.

My Recommendation: If you read Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard, you know what an extraordinary writer she is. Once again, her character development, plot building, and ability to create scenes you feel you have walked into makes for another excellent read. I highly recommend The Myth of Perpetual Summer.

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Meet Susan Crandall

Alas, the rumor is true, Susan was a dental hygienist in her previous career. However, she “retired” from that profession many years ago and has been a full-time author ever since–thanks to all of you fabulous readers.

Susan grew up in a small Indiana town, married a guy from that town, and then moved to Chicago for a while. She is pleased to say that she has been back in her hometown for many years and plans to stay.

She’s received a RITA, two National Reader’s Choice Awards and a SIBA Award for Fiction. Her books include an Indie Next Pick, Okra Picks, a Target Book Club pick, and are popular with book clubs.

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Coming Soon:

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, come back for a book blast event plus an Amazon card giveaway sponsored by
Singing Librarian Book Tours

The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Romanov Princess by C.W. Gortner
The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michel
We Are Not Ourselves by Thomas Matthew

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