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Dusk and Summer by [Pinto, Joseph]
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Does Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.

When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.

"A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father. A story that will warm your heart."
--Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of The Ditchdigger's Daughters

The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615974651
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sirens Call Publications; Second edition (March 29 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea0436c) out of 5 stars Touching and memorable Nov. 15 2014
By NicholCon - Published on
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“I lost my father between dusk and summer. Perhaps he left me long before I care to admit, long before he refused his last meals, long before his spent eyes flickered like candles behind cracked panes of some forlorn, abandoned house. Before his neglected muscles jellied into the folds of his stark white hospital sheet, and the rise of his chest grew shallower and weak. Maybe it was plain selfishness on my behalf; sitting at his bedside all those times, soothing his ears with encouragement as I squeezed his hand, desperate to impart the very courage and determination he had infused into me over my years. Even as he relied on me to raise a flimsy plastic cup of ice water to his parched lips. Had I become too scared to realize or just too blinded to ask: whose fight did this now become?”

Great writing always comes from somewhere genuine inside the author. Influences are numerous, of course; a novel could be born out of something beautiful, something sorrowful or even something ugly, but the best writing is always a reflection of one’s truest self. For novelists, the keyboard is the translator of the soul’s voice. As George Orwell once famously said, “good prose is like a windowpane.”

From the very first page of Joseph Pinto’s Dusk and Summer, quoted above, the reader knows that he or she is in for something heartfelt—and breathtakingly real.

Even if I hadn’t read that Pinto’s novella was inspired by his real life, it would have been obvious from the outset. I understand it completely, having gone through similarly heartwrenching experiences; I understand the place where this story is coming from, and why it needed to be told. The emotions stirred up are passionately real, and Dusk and Summer is sure to create a stirringly empathic response in anyone who has ever lost a parent. The mix of emotions is not saccharine, but amazingly genuine. The sadness, the anger, the guilt, the unrelenting feeling that now, out of nowhere, the person who gave so much to you needs your help—and there’s no way you can ever fully repay them.

In the novella, the protagonist goes off on a strange journey at his father’s request. He ventures out to the beach, where he rediscovers his father’s past—uncovering a fascinating and mythological being that his father kept secret for all of his years. This magical presence integrates perfectly into the story, fleshing out its meaning and representing all of the magic that good parents give to their children, the magic that many hope to someday transfer to their own children.

And as the protagonist must go off and discover his past, so must all children. When the time comes, when parents cease to be icons and are revealed for the real, flawed people they truly are—this is when true understanding can finally occur. Dusk and Summer is a deeply authentic novel, with a beautiful message that won’t be soon forgotten.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e73eeac) out of 5 stars A Modern Myth Aug. 2 2014
By Aniko Carmean - Published on
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There are two types of coming of age stories. The common one, with which we are all familiar, examines the psychological and emotional landscape of a boy becoming a man. The less common concerns the next great leap, a transition for which we have no name, but which happens when our parents pass away and we are left to understand a world in which we are the elders, the guardians, the guides. DUSK AND SUMMER, a novella by Joseph Pinto, is of the latter type.

In the forward, Pinto reveals that he lost his father to the ravages of pancreatic cancer. DUSK AND SUMMER is Pinto's tribute to the man who loved, raised, and inspired him. It is a beautiful elegy that transcends the personal nature of the content to reveal something essential about life: DUSK AND SUMMER shows us the unselfish nature of love. Love, in Pinto's narrative, is about shared moments as much as it is about knowing when to let go, and intuiting the wholeness that only death can restore. Eons ago, Epictetus advised "never say about anything, I have lost it, but say I have restored it." People of faith have ritual and community to guide them to acceptance. If there is a hereafter, then Omega is Alpha, and the only reason we cannot recognize that in the same dry, factual way in which we recognize the elements in the periodic table is because we are limited - locked into - our Now, our Here. The challenge of discovering faith in a "beyond" is the hallmark of this second, nameless coming of age. DUSK AND SUMMER is the story of moving to the acceptance that what is lost, who is lost, is restored to wholeness in a way we cannot rationalize, touch, or mentally conceive.

***Spoiler Alert! Some plot points are revealed in the next paragraph, but the true magic of the myth is preserved. You'll love the way Pinto brings it all together, so get the book!***

Pinto presents his theory of this transition as a myth. Myth is the most natural means humans have to absorb ideas that exist outside of reason. DUSK AND SUMMER leads the protagonist, an intentionally unnamed Everyman, on a mystical journey from the symbolically laden memories of the Tolten, a sunken ship, to the concrete locale of 141 Sea Cargo Drive. His dying father sent him there, with instructions to do what must be done. A woman of otherworldly beauty meets him on the beach. The protagonist understands, with a soul-shock, that he is tasked with helping her guide his father's soul to the other side. Initially, he fights the idea of his father's departure. This is the vestige of the child in him, crying and gripping his father's trouser leg. It is this sentimental attachment that must give way to unselfish acceptance in the second coming of age. His father gave him everything he needs to enter the second stage of adulthood, and to honor all his father gave, the son must let go. The son fully takes on the strength which was in the father, and uses it to carry his father across the threshold to a new life. The end of a life, and of DUSK AND SUMMER, is bittersweet. The myth is completed, and the narrator arrives in the next phase of his maturity. DUSK AND SUMMER is a beautiful tribute, and a salve for all psyches battered by the loss of a beloved parent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9465b8) out of 5 stars A poignant account of loss and acceptance May 8 2014
By MariaM - Published on
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Parents are a child’s lifelines. Even when it grows into its own skin, defying their role in its life, they remain vital points of reference; a mainstay. Losing a parent can make even a strong grown man lose his bearings. If it’s the father a son loses, and the loss is untimely and unjust, the immeasurable pain makes the path to acceptance difficult to find and even more difficult to tread.

This uphill trudge is presented here by Joseph A. Pinto who lost his father to pancreatic cancer. A “tough son-of-a-gun,” a seemingly indomitable presence in the author’s life. It is an emotional account; raw and harrowing. But it is also a magical road trip with soul-lifting pit stops that miraculously guide the traveler—otherwise completely lost and deeply wounded—to a glorious destination, known only to his father, pointed to by bits and pieces that he could have easily dismissed as just incoherent ramblings of a dying man. Thankfully, he didn’t.

The writing is excellent and delivers in a unique albeit heart-rending way. Known for his unique horror-writing prose, Joseph seamlessly presents his experience through some of the strongest, most poignant similes I’ve ever encountered in a book.

Even though the subject is sensitive and painful, I highly recommend this book because the endnote is essentially optimistic, and it once more proves that although life is perishable, true love never is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e854b58) out of 5 stars An exceptional read from a talented author! Dec 10 2014
By Christopher - Published on
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I write this review from a place many people can relate to. I write this review from a spot within myself that is not empty, but filled with the grief-stricken, the disheartened, the broken.

Dusk and Summer is a tribute to one man's personal hero, his father. A tribute to a man who was larger than life and more honorable that any ten men. A promise made, and then kept; "... never drop the ball"
I write this review as a reader, a father and a son... secretly hoping to leave a legacy like this for my own children... also knowing that I am working through a tale, not unlike this one of which, the outcome is still too far to see, yet to close for comfort.

This was a brilliant look into the life of a man I will never know, but who I feel I would have been honored to have met. Heartfelt and emotional, Joseph captured what he was feeling and told a story that I didn't want to put down, a story his father would have been proud of. It takes a fair amount of courage to open yourself and Joseph did exactly that. He opened up his heart, his family and his life to share with the readers.

This is one story that will stay with me! Well done, Mr. Pinto... well done, indeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8887d4) out of 5 stars An original story and a wonderful homage. June 25 2014
By Cristina - Published on
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This was a wonderful read! The style captivates and pulls you in the story, as it creates a contained space for characters to evolve and tell their story in a most original manner.

I found the novel to contain complex elements. One main character made me think of the mythical water nymphs who presided over waters. This in combinational with the theme of losing someone dear made not only for a most interesting read but also an unusual one. Moreover, the death theme is given a new angle. Instead of coping with it and finding closure suddenly, the novel shows a different side of death, and how coping is really a process above all else (in this case quite a fantastic one)

It’s a touching prose that I believe will make all readers think of their own lost loved ones and bring that sharp pain that everyone knows and for whom it might have become numb with the years.