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The Last Summer

The Last Summer A classic love story The Last Summer chronicles a young man on the verge of growing up and an older woman running away from a life out of control It is the summer of The world is poised on the c

  • Title: The Last Summer
  • Author: John Hough Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780743227056
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A classic love story, The Last Summer chronicles a young man on the verge of growing up and an older woman running away from a life out of control It is the summer of 1968 The world is poised on the cusp of radical change Politicians question the status quo, blacks react to decades of oppression, and students protest the injustices of war Change is in the air, too,A classic love story, The Last Summer chronicles a young man on the verge of growing up and an older woman running away from a life out of control It is the summer of 1968 The world is poised on the cusp of radical change Politicians question the status quo, blacks react to decades of oppression, and students protest the injustices of war Change is in the air, too, for 37 year old single mother Claire Malek She has just walked out on her rather cushy job in Washington, DC, as special assistant to Senator Bob Mallory DC had become an impossible place for Claire, heavy with regrets and burdened with secrets she knew she could never divulge Anxious for both escape and change, Claire packs her 15 year old daughter, April, into her Camaro and heads to a small town on Cape Cod, where Claire takes a job as cub reporter on a twice weekly newspaper called the Covenant She knows it s a big risk, but Claire is desperate for a new start and a new life, and the town and all it has to offer seem to be a good beginning.For Lane Hillman, son of the publisher of the Covenant, change is just beyond the horizon Twenty two years old and fresh out of Harvard, he s come home to celebrate the last summer of his youth and one final season as a reporter on his father s newspaper In an effort to avoid the draft, and possible service in Vietnam, Lane has enlisted in VISTA the America based Peace Corps and in the fall will begin a four year stint working in the inner city of Detroit.Claire s first day on the job is the same day Robert Kennedy is shot Racial tensions around the country continue to erupt into violence and confrontation But in a few days another personal tragedy strikes the town as a young girl is found murdered the first such death there in than twenty years and on the same day a teenage boy is found drowned under suspicious circumstances.As Claire and Lane work together to try to make sense of the seemingly unrelated deaths, a closeness grows between them, and with it, the stirrings of sexual attraction At first Claire resists, knowing that the fifteen years separating them is an unbridgeable gap, but before either of them realizes what s happening, she and Lane are swept up in a romantic passion that threatens to overwhelm them both.As the summer progresses, so does their affair, and soon the whole town knows about it, including Lane s parents, who are not at all pleased with this turn of events, and April, Claire s daughter, who feels both awe and resentment at the changes the affair brings in her mother.Before the summer ends, however, Claire and Lane will have to contend with than the opinions of family and townsfolk A shadowy figure responsible for the death of the young woman begins to fixate on someone new and the lovers find themselves in a race to save their own lives.A work of great tenderness, taut suspense, and historical immediacy, The Last Summer is a captivating portrait of love and sacrifice.

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    1. I know my last review declared that Austenland was the perfect summer fluff reading, which is true, but I had to call it the perfect summer fluff reading to distinguish it from this book which is, as far as I am concerned, the PERFECT summer read.I have been going to Cape Cod in the summer since I was a little girl so that now Cape Cod and summer are almost synonymous for me. So a novel set in the summer on Cape Cod and filled with the bittersweetness of a star-crossed romance is basically my ul [...]

    2. Wonderful! All the lessons John Hough teaches in his seminars can be found elegantly displayed in The Last Summer. Just like Claire's intellectual awakening to "the music of the printed page," John Hough transformed my understanding of novel writing. Look at the way he dramatized the description of the town by following the reporter hunting down a story. The action never stops as he weaves in scene and setting. Look at the way every color is highlighted with a unique descriptive modifier (wood-a [...]

    3. Not really a romance type, but this wasn't quite a romance although it did have an underlying love story. It was a sweet coming of age story, mixed with signs of times for "1968", with a little mystery. Easy read and overall not bad for just picking one off my own shelf I've had for sometime.

    4. I am enjoying this story set in the late 1960's on Cape Cod. So far, the description of life at that time rings true. It looks like a relaxing book to read for leisure.

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