Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?
Summer of ’42 by Herman Raucher
My copy of the book is dog-eared, a couple of pages are torn and the front and back cover is loose but if there is a fire, this book is the first one I’m going to grab to rescue. Why? Because it is honest, the narratives easy to read and understand, the characters are real and warm, and the story recognizable. I will not bore you with the details of my own stories. Enough to mention that my loving ex often referred to me in the past as Miss Summer of ’42.
This particular passage is forever engraved in my memory because I know it to be true. So I was told many times. Each time by a different Hermie.
“The house was her house. And nothing, from the first moment he saw her, and no one who had happened to him since had ever been as frightening and as confusing or could have done more to make him feel more sure, more insecure, more important, and less significant.”
This book is the kind of book that you can rely on to accompany you through life. Both during the sad as well as the happy times. It never fails to put a smile on my face and warm my heart every time I pick it up. At some point in our lives, there is always a Summer of ’42 of some sort. No?