The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall

The Myth of Perpetual Summer

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 her already uncertain life. She takes the responsibility of shielding her...

Details The Myth of Perpetual Summer

TitleThe Myth of Perpetual Summer
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Myth of Perpetual Summer

  • 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
    Love, love, LOVE this book! Susan Crandall is a master at delving into family dysfunction and the human psyche. Highly recommend.
  • Holly
    Tallulah knows that there is something not right about her family. Her Father (Drayton) has episodes of “hurricanes” and “shadows.” He is bipolar but not much is known about the illness and how to treat it in1958. Hurricanes describe his manic phases, when he is very energized, doesn’t sleep for days and his brain races with ideas. He also can be, paranoid, obsessive and impulsively buys things they can’t afford and don’t need.In co...
  • Sharlene
    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)
    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 er...
  • Authentikate
    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 boo...
  • Amy
    Tallulah James' life begins as a young girl living in the late 1950's in rural Lamoyne, Mississippi. Her mother neglects her and the entire family. The children call her by her first name, Margo and are resentful because she is so obsessed with other causes that she barely has time for them or their father. Tallulah's father, although a tenured professor at the local university, suffers from mental illness and keeps a liquor bottle as company as ...
  • Paul Pessolano
    “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,...
  • Sue
    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...
  • Wendy Wax
    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
    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's such an expansive story of the James famil...
  • Ameetha Widdershins
    3.5 I picked this up because it was by a local author and I was curious. I'm glad I did. It was a novel steeped in summer and family. Family secrets tear apart Tallulah's family and she runs off to find a new life after a family tragedy. She avoids contact with everyone from her hometown, including all her family, until her younger brother is arrested for murder. The author moves us comfortably back and forth between the past and the present, alm...
  • Kathy
    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...
  • Irene
    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 w...
  • Maureen
    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 hon...
  • Joy
    This book was about having to grow up with someone in the family with mental health illness. It was back in the days when people thought if they just hid it from others it would just go away. It was never talked about ever in the family, even if it was tearing them apart. Such a sad story. Though it was fiction, I'm sure in some families even now it is close to the truth.
  • David V.
    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 trul...
  • Cresta McGowan
    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 ...
  • Julie Failla Earhart
    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 clic...
  • Kim
    Lately I seem to be reading books with a similar theme; children who need their parents and parents who are too busy with their causes to notice. Parents who spin out of control. A child who tries to control the downward spiraling, who tries to hold it all together, who hopes for the unattainable.Turn the page and meet:Drayton James, a father who is mentally ill and ultimately to be recognized as a manic depressive.Margo James, a mother who embra...
  • Deborah
    This is the story of the James family that is set in the deep south in the town of Lamoyne Mississippi during the tumultuous times of the 60's. Talulah is a teenage girl who was raised not to listen to gossip, and raised to pretend that it doesn't exist. Unpleasantness was glossed over with and swept under the rug. Many of the family responsibilities fell on Talulah's shoulders because her mother was detached and followed and live and let them le...
  • Erica
    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...
  • Stephen
    I LOVE THIS BOOK!It's a reaffirmation of the pure joy of reading a wonderful story beautifully told.San Francisco, 1972: Tallulah James left her home in the South 9 years ago when she was 16 years old and never looked back.She now has an education and a good job in public relations for a charity foundation.One day she sees on the news that her younger brother, Walden, has been involved in a cult, the Scholars for Humanity, and has been arrested f...
  • Jean
    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 busines...
  • PacaLipstick Gramma
    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 f...
  • Laurie's Lit Picks
    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-pola...
  • Stephanie Lee
    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....
  • Angela
    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 ...
  • Kim McGee
    This coming-of-age novel combines the best of true Southern stories and dysfunctional families like that of Jeanette Wall's "Glass Castle". Tallulah and her brothers have the full run of their small Mississippi town in the 60's unless their Grandmother reins them in.Their Dad is manic-depressive and has unpredictable mood swings and Mom (who prefers for her children to call her Margo), is off crusading for civil rights or any other cause that wil...
  • Kaci joiner
    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 d...