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"Overall this novel is an entertaining bagatelle . . . There won't be a single transistor radio this summer on Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, nor on Madaket Beach in Nantucket. But there almost certainly will be multiple copies of Summer of '69. It's this year's beach-reading cure for . . . the summertime blues."―The Boston Globe
"Hilderbrand's characters are utterly convincing and immediately draw us into their problems, from petty to grave...To use the parlance of the period, a highly relevant retrospective."
"She presents another breezy yet gritty novel with Summer of '69... Simple, sassy, and continuously engaging, Summer of '69 fits neatly into the nostalgic reader's beach bag."―NPR
About the Author
Elin Hilderbrand is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Nantucket series, the Winter series, and over a dozen stand-alone novels, as well as two novellas. Her book Barefoot won the 2008 Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Erin Bennett is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : June 18, 2019
- File Size : 4184 KB
- Lending : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B07J564ZHD
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 450 pages
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (June 18, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,605 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Meanwhile, I shall wander off into some secluded nook and cranny so I can humbly munch my crow...
I graduated high school in 1970 and went in the Navy to beat the draft. I was your typical, patriotic, conservative kid. Military service and the politics of the time shifted me strongly leftward. So, I wanted to love, "Summer of '69." How did I find this book?
The attempt is notable and commendable. The difficulty, though, is that the language and thoughts of the kids is so poliished that it feels, well, disconnected from reality. At least, when compared to more average members of the generation for which this is a mirror.
I read the first letter by Tiger to his little sister and almost wanted to laugh at how unrealistic the letter was.
Then, a little later on, I read the dialogue of between parents and daughter. The tone would have been great, but the language used was, well, pollyanna.
Mind you, I love the attempt to shine the light on the time of my coming of age. I just feel let down by the pictures presented to us.
BLUSH FACTOR: No swearing. Only the word rhyming with dam appears. However, there is some, uh, romantic overtures, if you will, so use discretion before sharing with any youngsters. Otherwise, this is a clean book suitable for all audiences.
I'm between three stars and four. Don't want to be too harsh on a new writer, but, well, four stars might give too much credit.
Three stars out of five. Actually, 3.25. Just can't round up to four.
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The summer of '69 I was twenty one and living in the UK was only vaguely aware of the social and political aspects of the time although so much was in our news. We were glued to our black and white TVs back then,watching the space launch and astronauts walking on the moon The book made me feel very nostalgic, these were indeed amazing times of change and history. The 60s were so vibrant and exciting and it felt the young truly came into their own with the fashion, the music, the hope. This felt indeed like the dawning of the age of Aquarius. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the feeling it imparted of how it was to live through those times. Not for us the tragedy of the 30s and 40s, the dismal 50s. It was great to be young and alive in the 60s. I loved the descriptions of food and the beaches and islands like Nantucket and Martha's vineyard. All in all, a very enjoyable read. Not all the ends are tied up neatly, but that's fine, they aren't in life, but I would read this writer again for the insight into a different time and world. Good book about relationships and a segment of social history.
'Summer of '69' is slightly different from this author's usual books, as it's set in a bygone era, but her research into the 1960s is impeccable, as is the atmosphere she invokes. There's casual sexism, racism and good descriptions of the new generational gap in the social norms that symbolized the end of the decade.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this novel. If you haven't yet discovered Elin Hilderbrand, I envy you! You have a bunch of books to enjoy.