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, American, Southern

Reviews The Myth of Perpetual Summer

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 southern family secret stars to The Myth of Perpetual Summer, my first favorite read of summer! 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺Set in Mississippi in the 1960s and 70s, Tallulah James’ story is memorable and haunting. Her parents have a tumultuous relationship sparked by a self-absorbed, yet bleeding-heart when it comes to social causes outside her own home, mother, and a father with an at times debilitating mental illness. The town is always talking abo...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Tallulah James, adore the name and adore the fiesty young lady to which it belongs in this quiessentially southern novel. Mississippi, the sixties, Lulie as she is called, and her brother Griff are close, doing the best they can to take care of their two younger siblings. They do have parents, but the mother Margo is more interested in various causes, than she is in the children she bore. Their father, well let's just say he is present when h...
  • Book of Secrets
    The drama of a dysfunctional Southern family plays out on the pages of THE MYTH OF PERPETUAL SUMMER, and woven in between is the tumultuous coming-of-age story of Tallulah James.On the one hand, the writing in this book is quite beautiful. I was wrapped up in the sense of place and time the author conveyed, of Tallulah's small Mississippi hometown in the late 50s and early 60s. There are many facets to this story, and really I wasn't sure what on...
  • Karen White
    Love, love, LOVE this book! Susan Crandall is a master at delving into family dysfunction and the human psyche. Highly recommend.
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much Gallery Books for providing my free copy of THE MYTH OF PERPETUAL SUMMER by Susan Crandall - all opinions are my own.This is such a lovely book and Susan Crandall is a master storyteller. Set in the backdrop of Mississippi during the 1960s civil rights movement, the story centers around Tallulah James and her dysfunctional family. Tallulah returns home after seven years because her younger brother is accused of murder. Although ...
  • Lisa
    The Myth of Perpetual SummerSusan CrandallGreat writing and interesting characters combinefor a complex and moving coming-of-age story.⭐⭐⭐SUMMARYTullulah James would be lost if it were not for her old older brother, Griff, and her Southern grandmother. Her parents are volatile and erratic and are rarely even home. Tallulah has taken personal responsibility for shielding the family‘s reputation and for raising her younger twin siblings. Fo...
  • Tammy
    5 ☆ I absolutely loved The Myth of Perpetual Summer, is one of my favorites this year! ❤A tender Southern coming-of-age story set in the 1960-70’s about Tallulah James’ dysfunctional family with past secrets that have plagued the James family since before her birth. Following several deaths and her brothers fiasco with local shady law enforcement she flees from the only home she’s ever known to California. Years later after arriving bac...
  • Michelle
    I won this book through a BookishFirst giveaway. Thank you! Sadly, I'm going to sit this one aside for now and maybe try again at another time. I don't read a lot of historical fiction and when I do they are usually in the gothic haunted mansion variety. The pacing of this one is much slower than what I'm used to and I keep finding myself distracted every time I pick this up. I will say the writing itself is exceptional. It's no wonder that Susan...
  • Karen
    “I stare at the house for a few minutes, even now surprised I’m standing here, a place I thought I’d never see again. It causes a strange sense of vertigo, this collision of long-ago and now of childhood pain and adult understanding, of the unchangeable past and the possibilities of the future.” My favorite quote in The Myth of Perpetual SummerThis story tugged at my heart. Tallulah James, a precocious and thoughtful 13-year old girl grew...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Basic B's Guide
    “My parents loved so wildly, they destroyed each other. My father was a tormented man. My brother betrayed my trust. My mother is a self-centered hypocrite. My grandmother has secrets so dark she’d lose me than reveal them. I’m afraid if I love you, you’ll destroy me.”A coming-of-age tale reminiscent of Glass Castle. Set in Mississippi during the 60s, this book deals with mental illness, the civil rights movement, and dysfunctional fami...
  • 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...
  • Tina Woodbury
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...I was drawn into this story from the very first chapters!Tallulah James kneels in front of her TV and sees a mug shot. The mug shot of her brother that she has not seen in several years. They say he is a killer, but she just can’t believe that would be true. Tallulah drops everything and takes emergency time off from work and returns home. She is heading back to Lamoyne, Mississippi...
  • Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    The Myth of Perpetual Summer is a fantastic southern fiction novel that rivals my all-time favorites like Necessary Lies, The Secret Life of Bees, and I can even see it being close to my love for The Help. The author truly takes her readers to 1960's Mississippi with her eloquent words and descriptive settings. It really felt like I was right there with the main character, Tullulah, as she grew up under very dysfunctional and heartbreaking circum...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Full review to come.
  • 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.
  • Lindsay
    Thank you to Gallery books for providing me with a free copy of The Myth of Perpetual Summer in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.This. Book. Was. So. Good! I literally hugged this book when I turn the last page. This is going to be a full out gushy review because I have not one bad thing to say about this book.When I think about why I like to read, the only important thing that comes to mind is: love of a good story. I love ...
  • Alyssa Nelson
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*The Myth of Perpetual Summer is a coming of age story rife with trauma and tragedy while focusing on the bonds of family and how much it means to have a core group supporting you no matter what.The novel has dual-narration, with one part focusing on Tallulah growing up, and then the other part focusing on present-day, when she’s returning...
  • Edee
    I've so enjoyed reading Susan Crandall's previous novels and The Myth of Perpetual Summer was no exception. The characters are so real and well developed. I get completely caught up in their stories and think about them long after the novel ends. Tallulah James has left her Mississippi roots long behind when she receives disastrous news about her brother that calls her to come to his rescue. As soon as she arrives back, she is bombarded with memo...
  • Darcia Helle
    Oh, this book! I'm trying to steer away from all the cliche words, but they are what comes to mind: compelling, powerful, thought-provoking, enthralling, beautiful. The writing is exceptional. Susan Crandall doesn't overload us with words in order to pad the pages with unnecessary filler. There wasn't a paragraph I wanted to skim or even one word I wanted to skip. Crandall gives us exactly the right words to elicit emotion, offer insight, and pai...
  • Danielle
    * Thank you Gallery Books & BookishFirst for my free review copy. *Tallulah James' childhood is not stable - her parent's relationship is volatile, their behavior is erratic, and their approach to raising their children is very hands-off. Her constants in her life are her older brother and her grandmother. After a life-changing event occurs in their family, Tallulah heads out to California and recreates herself. Seven years later she returns home...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    Called back to a past she hoped she erased, Tallulah Mae James sets her steering to the swelter of southernmost mud when news hits her of her brother’s charge of murder.Coming from a family tightly knit, due to its loose ends, begins on a pecan plantation. The father is an undiagnosed manic-depressant professor, the mother a flighty, free-spirited activist, and their combination tends to erupt more than teenage acne. Griffin, the eldest, tries ...
  • Reeca Elliott
    Tallulah just saw the news. She cannot believe it. Her little brother is being accused of murder. She must get home. Even though she has not seen him, or anyone in her family for years, she knows she must go back to Mississippi and face her past.I love Tallulah. And I really do not know how to describe her. She has been hurt and is a damaged woman, especially when it comes to relationships. But, she is a character that loves with all her heart.Ta...
  • 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 ...
  • K.N.
    The half-page prologue lured me right into this story! It’s 1972 and an adult Tallulah has returned home to small town Mississippi without the open door of the family plantation- it’s ruined - or the welcoming arms of family - they’re estranged and her youngest brother’s on trial for murder. Just when she settles in, chapters take us back to her childhood so we understand why she ever left. This is not a well-to-do Southern family. They...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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.