Here is the back cover blurb:
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.The Summer Son is one of those books you might describe as an “onion.” It has many layers and bit by bit, the layers are peeled away down to the heart of the story.
Jim, the father in the story, is at times so closed off, so hurtful and angry, that I often wished Mitch would just leave. And yet, Mitch is no saint either. He knows how to push his father’s buttons. Over the course of the book, many secrets are revealed. The truth as Mitch knew it changes. And Mitch changes as he comes to understand not only his father, but the child Mitch used to be.
The Summer Son
Published by AmazonEncore
Release Date: January 2011
I give The Summer Son by Craig Lancaster a Hel-Yeah!
(Come back tomorrow when Craig will be here on Straight From Hel to talk about writing two books in twenty months. And...he's giving away a copy of his book to a lucky commenter.)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: The Summer Son was sent to me by Sarah Tomashek, Senior Marketing Manager, at AmazonEncore. This in no way influenced my review of the book. As I read the book, I wondered how many of us had such idyllic childhoods that there is nothing we would want to go back and talk to our parents about. And how many of us would be brave enough or tortured enough to do so, given the chance. If we did, would the experience be cathartic or would it only rip open old wounds to the point they could not heal over? This is not an easy book to read, especially if you have unresolved issues with your parents. It is however a reminder that a mother or a father was not born to that role. They were children at one time. They have had a life full of ups and downs, love and sadness, pain and joy. And whether you like it or not, they will always be a part of you.