The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I saw this on Net Galley a few months ago and was very excited to be able to receive an advanced copy. I am a sucker for a good nostalgic book about one's youth. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish the book prior to its release. Plus, I ended up starting the book and then failing to finish it. Please do not let my hesitation over the completion of this book deter you from reading it. I really enjoyed it.
We follow our protagonist, Tallulah, home to help her family from whom she ran away years earlier. One of her brothers has been arrested for murder and she head home to try to help sort out what happened.
A good portion of the book is spent in the past. The author takes you through Tallulah's tumultuous childhood and the history of her family. The events leading up to her running away are exceptionally tragic but she manages to make it through as unscathed as one could be in those circumstances.
The book paints a detailed picture of life in a small southern town during a time of racial segregation. What was interesting to me was that since these scenes were written from a child's perspective, you're shown the innocence of children when It comes to race in general. The idea that children are taught bigotry is prevalent. Tallulah's best friend is a young black girl..but you wouldn't know it until you’re told it. Because from her perspective…that's just her best friend.
There is a small mystery to unravel with regards to the ancient family secrets and honestly, while it help world build, the author could have done without it. It's not necessary to the plot of the book itself to know what Tallulah's Grandmother's deep dark secret is.
Myth of Perpetual Summer shows that no matter how much things change, some things will always remain the same. It's an excellent book, rich in character and detail. If you want a good, quick read, this is a good choice.
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