Reviewed by Charlotte
End of Summer is a story told by a grown man as he returns to his childhood home and recalls memories of the summer he was nine years old. That summer his life and world changed with the death of his granddaddy. When Jeffrey was two his parents were killed in a crashed with a tractor trailer and he was raised by his grandparents. As Jeffrey grows up, his obsession with death and the cause of death grows. He also has a heart obsessions, the sound of a beating heart is a turn on for him. His wife, Lisa, becomes concerned and encourages him to seek help. A psychologist diagnosis him as having Aspergers Syndrome. By returning to his childhood home he hopes to face his obsessions and find peace.
Michael Potts wrote a story that will tug at your heart strings. The meticulous details of Jeffrey’s life at age nine made me feel as if I was living with him, feeling his joys and his sorrows. Jeffrey’s grandparents truly gave him a warm, safe, and loving childhood. The descriptions of the lazy summer days working in the garden, going on bike rides, and the Sunday suppers showed just how normal Jeffrey’s life was. Even when faced with the coming death of his granddaddy, the aunts made him register for school and get ready to continue his everyday life.
End of summer is a wonderful Southern fiction novel. The story of a man’s journey from childhood to adulthood trying to deal with his obsessions. I loved this novel. It pulled me in and made me keep turning pages until the very end of the story. If you are looking for a heart tugging story this is for you.
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