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The Myth of Perpetual Summer

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From the national bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes a moving coming-of-age tale set in the tumultuous sixties that harkens to both Ordinary Grace and The Secret Life of Bees.

Tallulah James’s parents’ volatile relationship, erratic behavior, and hands-off approach to child rearing set tongues to wagging in their staid Mississippi town, complicating he
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Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Gallery Books
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
My first favorite book of summer 2018! I can’t wait to write about this one! 💗 Review to come-hopefully later today!
Karen White
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVE this book! Susan Crandall is a master at delving into family dysfunction and the human psyche. Highly recommend.
Sharlene
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Truly could not put this one down. A deep look into the lives of a troubled family with past secrets keep coming back to haunt them. Memorable characters and a setting so realistically described that I could feel the heat of the summer days. The perfect book for the beach, pool, or comfortable chair at home.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Susan Crandall's latest novel is a coming of age story set in the sixties, following the James family through small town gossip and dangerous accusations.  Tallulah James's parents have a passionate but unpredictable relationship that often takes precedence over their children.  Her father suffers from erratic behavior and whispers around town suggests he inherited this trait from his uncle George who disappeared years ago and has since been erased from the family.  Her mother's parenting could ...more
Paul Pessolano
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Myth of Perpetual Summer” by Susan Crandall, published by Gallery Books.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – June 19, 2018.

I fell in love with Susan Crandall’s writing when I read “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and she certainly doesn’t disappoint one in her newest novel, in fact, I thought it was even better.

The story is based in the tumultuous 1960’s when everything seemed to be changing. Life styles, beliefs, Vietnam, and the family were going through an upheaval.

In rural Mis
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Sue
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy nothing more than a good book about the south and this was one of those books. It was about a dysfunctional family in the 60s in Mississippi. There was a little mystery, a little romance and wonderful characters to love so it was a perfect book to curl up with on a long summer evening.

Tallulah left home at 16 to try to find a more stable life. She hitchhiked to California to start over and never let anyone at home know where she was. When she heard that her brother was in jail for murder
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Authentikate
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoy Crandall’s previous work but struggled to find as much passion in this work.

The Myth Of Perpetual Summer follows a young woman named Tallulah as she comes of age during a tumultuous time in history (civil rights) and an even more difficult time for her personally.

As she grows she has to come to terms with her past, specifically, her highly dysfunctional family history, a violent crime that touches her family, and abuse.

The book had all the ingredients but for this reader it jus
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Wendy Wax
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Susan Crandall had me on page one and never let go. A complex, beautifully written journey of survival and self discovery.
Michelle Arredondo
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am always in pure bliss when I come across great Historical Fiction. The Myth of Perpetual Summer by author Susan Crandall has been such a delight to read.

So many feels for everything about this book...historical fiction, a coming of age tale, topics touching on family dysfunction, dark secrets that keep resurfacing, the choices we make and the effects of those choices, heart break and scandal....it's such an expansive story of the James family and all the drama that surrounds them and their
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Maureen
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I was disappointed with this novel after reading Whistling Past the Graveyard. The James family has a history in the south during the 1960’s. The James family parents are so focused on themselves that they leave their children to fend for themselves. I just could never like any of the characters, and did not care what happened to them. I appreciate the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
David V.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 4-6-18. Finished 4-9-18. Excellent story of a Southern family; their dysfunctions; their secrets and their triumphs. Ms. Crandall has again produced a book that you can't put down. Characters galore--ones you admire, some you intensely dislike, ones you feel sorry for, and others you cheer for---all tied up in a compelling story that you don't want to end. The coming-of age of the storyteller is truly amazing!
Cresta McGowan
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wow moment for me. This book made me feel about the life, times, and characters the same way The Secret Life of Bees did, or even To Kill a Mockingbird. Yes - I said it - I thought it was as powerful a novel about family dynamics as the great "Mockingbird." Now - it tackles a very different subject matter (although rape does sneak a small moment in this) - mental illness and how this can destroy a family.

Oscillating between the childhood of Tallulah and her foray into a adulthood, Cranda
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Julie Failla Earhart
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not long ago I wrote a review for Joanne Bischof’s Sons of Blackbird Mountain. I call it the first “must read” of 2018. Well, I just found the second “must read” of the year, The Myth of Perpetual Summer, and probably the best beach read I’ve ever come across. To quote the back cover, “A struggling girl uncovers her family’s history and sees how the lies of the past echo throughout their dysfunctional lives today.”

It sounds cliché to say that this novel about family and the secrets they harbor i
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Erica
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of this novel via the Bookish First program in exchange for an honest review.

1958- Tallulah James is a determined young girl struggling to grow up in the small town of Laymone, Mississippi. Family secrets along with an unstable and precarious family life complicate her youth as she attempts to determine her place in the James family legacy. Tallulah tries to hold her family together but when tragedy strikes once again, she turns her back on everything she knows to search for a new
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Jean
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for an early release copy of The Myth of Perpetual Summer in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released Jun 19, 2018.

Crandall's book is a coming of age story set in the deep south in the 60's., a tumultuous time time and a tumultuous family.. As a teenager, Tallulah James tries to hold the family together as events and mental illness tear it apart. She is torn between her Gran's feeling of keeping family business within the family, her parents' explosives and e
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PacaLipstick Gramma
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author, goodreads-win
I received an ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway.

As I enjoyed Ms Crandall's previous book, I looked forward to reading this. I was not disappointed.

The first third of the book dragged at bit for me, but soon I was caught up, and anxious to see how things turned out. The characters were well developed, personalities believable, and i developed a great empathy for our main character, Tallulah. A tenacious young girl with a heavy burden.

There were a few prochronisms that I hope are corrected, because
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Laurie's Lit Picks
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars Susan Crandall is a master of tales of the south, dysfunctional families, heroic children, and satisfying endings. Her previous two books, Whistling Past the Graveyard and The Flying Circus, were some of my favorites, and her latest is a worthy member of her collection of Southern stories. This time around we are introduced to the James family, living in Mississippi in the 1960's: the father, a history professor who suffers from bi-polar disorder; the mother, completely uninterested in ...more
Stephanie Lee
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While reading through the beginning, sample pages, the reader is given hints of the scandals to come. The start of the book begins a slow, well written meander through Southern landscape and lifestyle. Being from a Southern family myself, I relate to the grandmother and her attempt to hold onto the older ways (not that I do, but I have been exposed to elderly Southern ladies when I was young).

Questions begin to develop in the reader's mind early.......what could possibly cause the complete sepa
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Angela
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Evocative. The Myth of Perpetual Summer drips with the sweat of a Mississippi summer, wrapped up in family mysteries and regrets, set against the backdrop of the late 60s, early 70s. Susan Crandall is a truly gifted storyteller, painting images with prose. A murder draws Tallulah back to her childhood home in the South to deal with the secrets that drove her to progressive California to begin with; to beg for help after years of no communication for a brother of which she still feels great respo ...more
Kaci joiner
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-asap, bfr-nr
The Myth of Perpetual Summer is a coming of age story set in the 60's about the James family. It takes place in Mississippi and has everything that comes along with a small southern town. Tallulah James grew up in a very volatile family where the parents put thethemselves before their children. Tallulah is forced to grow up at a very young age in order to fend for her younger twinbrothers. This eventually leads to her basically running away and disappearing until a family emergency involving her ...more
Alice Teets
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I was given this book through bookishfirst and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. I had never read a Susan Crandall book, although Whistlin' Past the Graveyard has been on my TBR list for a long time.

Tallulah James had a nightmarish childhood, but thought she had escaped to reinvent herself in California until she sees that her younger brother has been arrested for murder. Returning home to Mississippi is not what she planned on ever doing, but she must face her
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Suzie
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Susan Crandall novel but it won't be my last. This story drew me in and I quickly came to love the characters and their struggles. She writes beautifully and creates a scene that made this book feel like a movie. I could feel the heat of the Mississippi summer and smell the fear of a young girl running from a bully. The main character, Tallulah is easy to connect to and I love how she was developed during the story. This novel is about family and the deep connection they have to ...more
Greer
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I should have been reading this on my front porch swing with an ice cold cola and my dog at my feet but I wasn’t but that is the exact type of feeling this book does give you. It's enjoyable how this book goes through its telling of the story by jumping through the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s you get a little insight of each decade.

Tallulah is growing up in a small southern Mississippi town and is
actually having to raise her younger siblings with a bit of help from her Gran and no help from her ment
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Jas
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started this book on a Sunday morning and spent the entire day sucked into this story about a troubled family and the tangled web of secrets, blame, and love that pulls them apart while ensuring they will never be free. Told in two timelines, what I found most compelling about the book was not the mystery surrounding the past events but the main character, Tallulah, a young girl who tries so hard to keep her family together by taking care of everyone around her. Seeing her try to function whil ...more
Kathy
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I read Whistling Past the Graveyard a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it as a quirky coming of age story set in the south. I looked forward to reading The Myth of Perpetual Summer, expecting this story to be in a similar vein. However, this reads more like a mystery and I found the plot and characters more contrived. Tallulah, the protagonist, does not feel believable in the portions where she is a ten year old child, she simply feels lik
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Sabrina Fox
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never heard of Susan Crandall before joining Bookishfirst. I'm so thankful I was able to receive an ARC of this book because now I want to read more of her books. I think I've found a new auto-buy author!

I may be weird saying this but I love reading books about troubled families and past secrets within said families. There's something so suspenseful about it.

A very good cast of characters is included within the book. They all have their very own personalities so I could easily tell who was
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Irene
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part coming of age tale, part family saga, this work of historical fiction put me in mind of V.C. Andrews and I mean her true style when she was alive, not the ghost written books that came out after her death. Although on second thought she would have made it shorter to stretch it into a trilogy. Tallulah James is on her way back to a home she never expected to return to, after news reports that her brother has been arrested for murder. On the way, and once there she recalls what it was like to ...more
Karen
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What happens when you mix the South, the sixties, coming of age, a dysfunctional family, mental illness.....? Susan Crandall introduces us to a young girl Tallulah trying to make sense of a father who suffers with being bi-polar, a mother who is more interested in wanting to work on social causes rather than being with and caring for her four young children. Tallulah’s grandmother is the rock of the family but has the key to family secrets. Crandall allows the reader to feel all of the emotions ...more
Julieth
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I give this book a 5/5 stars. I think the author did a really good job! I enjoyed the writing in this book, how it went from one time in the main character's life to another. We get to see what happened in her childhood that drove her to make choices such as leaving her hometown at a young age and leaving everyone behind. The characters were really well written, as well as the experiences that they went through. Tallulah's childhood experience was a rough one, and being so young and having to ta ...more
Jen Juenke
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was waiting so patiently to find the meat of the story. There really was NO big shocking details. What a let down. From the synopsis of the book, I expected the main character Tallulah bringing the family together, providing for the family, and taking charge. Yet, this did not happen. The first sign of trouble, she splits for her own life. I understand wanting to get away from a crazy family, but the book was not true to the synopsis. I felt t ...more
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