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    Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki | Book Review

    Three Summers (originally The Straw Hats) by Margarita Liberaki, Translation by Karen Van Dyck Genres: Fiction, Greek Literature Original Publication Date: Originally published in Greece in 1946 as The Straw Hats Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Three Summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a big old house surrounded by a beautiful garden are Maria, the oldest sister, as sexually bold as she is eager to settle down and have a family of her own; beautiful but distant Infanta; and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Karen Van Dyck’s…

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    The Summer Book by Tove Jansson | Book Review

    The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Genres: Fiction, Scandinavian Literature Original Publication Date: 1972 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon In The Summer Book, Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. In The Summer Book,…

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    The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden | Book Review

    The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden Genres: British Literature, Fiction Original Publication Date: 1958 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon Rumer Godden’s wonderfully evocative novel The Greengage Summer is set in the champagne country of France during that “hot French August” sometime during the 1920s. Mrs. Grey brings her five young children to a hotel in the French countryside for the summer. But when she is struck down by a sudden illness and hospitalized, the siblings are left to fend for themselves. They soon meet a charming Englishman, Eliot. Eliot’s interest becomes more and more focused on the eldest of the Grey children, sixteen-year-old…

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    Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart | Book Review

    Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 2007 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart is the true story of two best friends experiencing the time of their lives in New York City during the summer of 1945. The Cleveland Plain Dealer raves, “Hart writes about that stylish summer with verve, recollecting with a touching purity a magical summer in Manhattan, seen through the eyes of two 21-year-olds, just as the end of World War II approached.” Marjorie and her best friend Marty are about to have the best summer of their lives. A…