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The Summer Son [Format Kindle]

Craig Lancaster
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He owed a lot of people, but I was the only one left to collect. I told myself that I didn’t care about him, only about what he owed me, whatever that was.

I even tried to believe it.

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 forty, 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, thirty years of miscommunication, and the possibility of misplaced blame. In Craig Lancaster’s powerful novel, The Summer Son, readers are invited into a family where conflict and secrets prevail, and where hope for healing and redemption is possible.

Biographie de l'auteur

Craig Lancaster, a journalist and novelist, is the author of 600 Hours of Edward, named a 2009 Montana Honor Book. He lives in Billings, Montana.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 433 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 323 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1935597248
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (6 janvier 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003S9WBLG
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quelle belle rencontre! 15 mai 2013
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Un fils à la rencontre de son père après trente années de séparation... quelle belle histoire ! On reste sous le charme, une histoire pleine de tendresse et d amour.t
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sometimes the good-byes you haven't said are the ones that hurt the most... 13 novembre 2010
Par Shannon L. Yarbrough - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mitch Quillen has been receiving phone calls from his estranged father, Jim, who Mitch hasn't visited since he was a boy. With his marriage on the rocks and his lackluster job failing, his wife encourages him to get away and to find out exactly why his father keeps calling. The two haven't seen eye to eye since the last summer Mitch spent with him as a boy, and even back then their father/son relationship was tepid at best.

Immediately, the two can't get along as intensity and frustration builds between them. Mitch wants to know what's wrong with Jim and tries to be sympathetic, but Jim won't give in. He was raised as an abused orphan, served in the Navy, went through 3 wives, and was so verbally and physically abusive to his children that his oldest, Jerry, left. A lifetime of hardships still holds onto the stubborn man's back.

The book alternates between two storylines: the last summer Mitch spent with his father back in 1979, and the present (2007) time when Mitch returns to his father. At first, the past really builds Jim up as a dispassionate hard working man. The characterization here is amazing and brutal. But the purpose here is vague after the older son, Jerry, leaves and joins the marines. The reader will find themselves being just as lost and confused as young Mitch is.

Our current situation in 2007 isn't much better and rides on for 200 pages of arguments with Dad and phone calls to Mitch's wife. When Mitch finds a box of letters in his Dad's shed, it's only then that the mysteries start to reveal themselves and both Mitch and the reader get the answers they've been searching for, giving truth to the old adage that what you don't know can't hurt you.

I had high hopes for this book. Lancaster paces his story nicely with dialogue that reads and feels true to his characters. The story is nicely paced in the beginning, but we lose ourselves in long boring days of Mitch working with his father, driving the truck to drilling locations. We constantly see the anger his father repeatedly expels upon his sons and his workers. In the present day, Lancaster puts us there in the awkward moments between Mitch and his father, but unfortunately neither will budge so nothing gets resolved or revealed until its almost too late. Like Mitch, I was even screaming at Jim, "Just tell me what's wrong already?!"

As a boy who also wasn't close to his father for reasons still unbeknownst to me, I could relate to Mitch, and I actually had sympathy for Jim. Jim is our true center to the story here and Lancaster shows us his pain through and through. But he leaves his characters back to back ignoring one another, or even face to face like angry bulls, for too long. Had Mitch discovered the mysteries of his father's life sooner, and had to investigate them a bit more earlier on, the book would have exhibited more of the drive it desperately needs, and that it has in the last 100 or so pages.

As the arduous layers to Jim's life are slowly revealed, by the time we get to the real reason he's been calling Mitch, the reader will find themselves numb to it, and like Mitch, by then it's too late to save the delicate balance that exists between father and son already. This is a good father/son story that we've heard before, or seen on TV, or even lived ourselves, which unfortunately makes the book a bit too predictable. It's possible that Lancaster wanted to see just how much his characters could endure before they break, but ended up subjecting his readers to their own breaking point instead.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Family and Soul 24 décembre 2010
Par Free2Read - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mitch Quillen is battling a pre-mid-life crisis. He's fighting with his wife. His father has been on a schedule of calling twice a year, and suddenly, he is constantly calling. Mitch's career is not going so well either.

Craig Lancaster, in "The Summer Son," provides a lot to think about in terms of our hopes, goals, dreams, and letting out the secrets that may hold us back. The past is the past, but how can we free ourselves from its hold on us if we refuse to open up and share it with others without playing the blame game.

In this novel, Mitch returns to his home in Montana. He fills himself with the feelings of his youth--some good, some bad, but always there's the natural beauty of the the land.

Dealing with his father is like punching a brick wall. Nothing good is coming of it. Yet his wife urges him to keep pounding away. She can feel the secrets the wall is made of and though her father-in-law is not her favorite person, Mitch might regain his personal sense of self if he could settle things with Dad.

The family dynamics in "The Summer Son" are like those in a lot of families, with the control freak, the rebel, the intellectual, the healer, and the silent type.

I really enjoyed this book and will look for more titles by Craig Lancaster.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An engrossing family drama 23 décembre 2010
Par L. Staley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I got this book because, so far, I have generally enjoyed the books published in the Amazon Encore program. I had never heard of this author, but the description sounded pretty good.

I was immediately hooked by the writing. It drew me into the story line and I got to know the characters. I had no problems following the switches in time (between the recent past and the late 70s). The author did a good job of integrating the effects of the characters' past into their present difficulties. I thought the characters seemed realistic and believable, even the father who reacted extremely at times.

This book did not seem like a rehash or repeat of other books to me. Maybe I just haven't read many similar books. I thought the plot line was interesting and the characters were interesting. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, even though there were some dark aspects to it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Divided 20 janvier 2011
Par Nico Brusso - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The Summer Son," by Craig Lancaster, is emotionally effective. Lancaster's scenes stick with you, some of which you would, perhaps, rather not remember. That's nothing new. Authors have forever written about distasteful people and distasteful subjects. With Lancaster, we are allowed to admire the writing, while hating some of the subjects.

Mostly I do not like these people in the book. The sole exception is Cindy, the wife of narrator Mitch. Her level-headedness and practicality rival my own wife's. Mitch has been alienating himself from Cindy and their two lovely young children. For some time, he has been slack at his high-powered sales job. Cindy tells him he should take some time off and go see what the trouble is with his aging and years-estranged father Jim.

Jim had been repeatedly phoning, seeming to be troubled, but never getting to the point. Cindy insists that Mitch must find out what the reasons are, including what the real differences are between himself and Jim. She believes that Mitch must face himself and figure out his own troubles at work and with Cindy and the kids. That's the essentials: the book is about Mitch taking off and visiting Jim.

If I may take a further tack, let me say that from time immemorial, fathers and sons have had differences to various degrees. The proverbial wisdom is that sons eventually grow up and begin to appreciate and respect their fathers, even recognizing that behind some of the treatment there was love and consideration, however invisible it seemed at the time. I can attest to that in my own long life, I who am now much older than my father ever was. He did not have the pharmaceutical and medical procedural advantages that I and all of us now have. I find much paternal affection in Craig's story.

Craig's telling is rough, the language is rough, as are presentations of all kinds of abuse: by adoptive parents, by natural parents, by the boss on very tough jobs, by supposed friends. One sexual scene, although indirectly presented, is especially disgusting. There are scenes that I wish I had never read and would not now have in my memory bank. Some language between father and son is something that neither I nor my father would ever have considered. Sure, it's realistic for today, but I do not have to like it, and I don't.

I am divided as to how to rate this for a new reader. If you are not an old fogy like me, if you are comfortable in the modern milieu, then Craig's writing is superb. His characterizations are full, his plotting is complex and compelling. There are secrets that keep you turning the pages. For myself I would have to give the book a 3 or a 4. For some of the younger set, I could give it a 5, which is what I will do. My own mother has been gone for nigh these many years; I would not have been able to show it to her. Nor can I recommend it to my wife. But to my now middle-aged daughter and son and their spouses, I could risk it. Remember, you have been duly warned.

For quite some time, I have not been showing my reviews to my wife prior to publication. This time I did. Her evaluation is that, first of all, she does not consider me "an old fogy," and second, that I am mischaracterizing potential readers by age, in that some who are younger would not like the book and some who are older would like it. I thank her for the first point, and I grant her the validity of the rest. I would further say that American culture changes, that the direction it is going in now is different from the one that I grew up in or that my father did.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Writing makes up for Disjointed and Predictable Plot 12 novembre 2010
Par Rick Mitchell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a novel about a 40 something salesman whose life is falling apart. Like many of this generation, he blames his father for all his life's ills. After his alienated father calls him twice, his wife convinces him to go and talk with him. Thus began a series of rather redundant starts at conversations that all ended in yelling and swearing matches. Interspersed between the arguments are accounts of the son's twelve year old summer spent with his father. After his parents were divorced he spent every other summer with his father who was a driller throughout the west.

It is clear that the father was irrascible, unlikeable and prone to drinking and violence. The narrator's older brother worked for him that summer until being provoked to the point of quitting. The summer ended with the "summer son" being sent home early for reasons he did not know. Thereafter, he never forgave his father for that and other reasons that become clear as the book moves along.

The twists and turns in the story are interesting, but none were particularly surprising. The overall ending is predictable although there is one twist that is interesting.

The writing is very good which is why I gave it a four rather than a three (I wish there were half stars), but the theme was not original: blame life's problems on Dad only to learn that hey, Dad had some problems, too. A good book, not great.
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