Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review - End of Summer

Title: End of Summer.
Author: Michael Potts.
Publisher: WordCrafts Press.
Year of Publication: 2011.
Format: E-book.
Pages: 264.
Genre: Literary Fiction.
Blurb: Here.

I had received the book from the publicist of Wordcrafts Press in exchange for a honest opinion.

My Thoughts:
Jeffrey Conley is back in his childhood home to attend his grandmother's funeral. As he roams aimlessly through the property, he recollects a particular summer when he was 9 years old living with his grandparents. He was brought up by his grandparents, since his parents had died in a car crash when he was just a baby. He has no memories of his parents. He only knows what his grandparents has told him.
The story is told from his point of view. The plot shuttles between his 9 year old self and his present self. Jeffrey has been obsessed with death ever since he saw a rabbit's life give out as a result of his grandpa shooting it. He spends lavish amount of time researching about death and the functioning of hearts, so much to the extend that he has a fetish towards a woman's beating heart!

Worried over his growing obsession towards these topics, his wife requests him to consult a psychologist. It is revealed that Jefrrey suffers from Asperger's syndrome. After around 30 years, he visits his childhood home and his childhood memories are relived where he finds out the root of his obsession and hopefully will find his peace of mind.
The plot was refreshing. The innocence of a 9 year old boy was heartwarming and disarmingly touching. The plot did get a little bland after a while. I felt it was way too detailed for it to be convincing. For a middle aged man to remember every single detail: ranging from what he ate to the color of the shirt he wore to church in the summer when he was 9 years old is practically next to impossible. 
The plot did pick its pace at the last part, when substantial events occur which would change young Jeffery's life. All in all an intriguing book with a realistic ending.

My rating:

1 comment:

  1. Sounds interesting. Reminded me of The Time Traveller's Wife.


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