The myth of perpetual summer

by Crandall, Susan,

Format: Print Book 2018.
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Summary
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.
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Booklist Review: "*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 Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Dysfunctional families -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Nineteen sixties -- Fiction.
Homecoming -- Fiction.
Mississippi -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2018.
Edition First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
Language English
Notes Includes readers group guide.
Description 350 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781501172014
1501172018
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