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  • ISBN: 9780593321157
  • ISBN: 0593321154
  • Physical Description: 227 pages ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

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General Note:
"This is a Borzoi Book"
Summary, etc.:
"A wistful look back at family, youth, and the intoxicating magic of New England summers, as well as a rumination on friendship and loss, by an esteemed writer and essayist and the former editor of The New York Times Book Review. We all have vivid memories of summers past and the bright skin of youth: of those first days when school has ended; of long days of leisure and pleasure reading dog-eared paperbacks; of camps or cottages or vacation spots we returned to every year; of family road trips and their attendant stresses; of our sexual awakenings and longings; of first dates and becoming lovestruck; of fireworks and lawn games; of penny candies and thunderstorms and drive-in movie theaters; of bracing swims and inevitable sunburns; of outdoor showers and sandy feet; and, who can forget, of timeless friendships forged. In Summer, Charles McGrath looks back at his younger days and the pleasures of summer with affection and longing, recalling with a gimlet eye experiences familiar to so many of us. But he also looks back with a clarity that suggests many of our memories may have become idealized over time. More than a tribute to seasons past, Summer is also a poignant story about friendship, about two men from different backgrounds who come together late in life, bonding over shared experiences, experiences born in the saddle of summer and beyond, and with children afoot. Later, when his friend is stricken with cancer, their relationship is imbued with new measure and meaning"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    McGrath, former editor of the New York Times Book Review, combines nostalgia and melancholy in this ode to summer and friendship. First as a child in slightly ramshackle cottages on the Massachusetts shore and then as an adult in his own tilting-toward-dilapidated vacation house, McGrath revels in the "syrupy slowness" of summer, a time beyond time when there "was nothing to do and nothing you were supposed to do." That changes dramatically, though, after McGrath meets Chip Gillespie, who lives nearby. An architect with the impish soul of Tom Sawyer, Chip schools his new friend in the art of summertime fun for adults. Yes, there are typical pursuits like sailing and golf, but even these are enjoyed in a refreshingly off-kilter manner (sailing small wooden boats, playing on rundown nine-hole golf courses). There's plenty of time, too, for firework follies, lobster-­trapping fiascoes, and a chaotic form of dumpster diving. The fun, inevitably, is curtailed by mortality, but just as McGrath evokes summer pleasures with self-deprecating wit and without sloppy sentiment, he steers a course well away from the maudlin in recounting Chip's death from cancer. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Charles McGrath, known as Chip, is the former deputy editor of The New Yorker and a former editor of The New York Times Book Review, and is currently a contributing writer at The Times. He is the editor of Golf Stories, two Library of America volumes, and an occasional contributor to Golf Digest. He lives with his wife in northern New Jersey and southeastern Massachusetts.

Subject: McGrath, Charles > Childhood and youth.
Journalists > United States > Biography.
Editors > United States > Biography.
New England > Biography.
New England.
United States.
Genre: Autobiography

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