- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series; First Edition edition (May 21 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771331380
- ISBN-13: 978-1771331388
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.8 x 20.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,223,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Midsummer Paperback – May 21 2014
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"Carole Giangrande's Midsummer sets sail in search of distant turning points. She holds the heart of her story gently, and she steers us gracefully through time, and memory. The elegance of her language casts long shadows. She moves us as she writes from the center of longing and wonder." - Karen Lee Lewis, author of What I Would Not Unravel"Midsummer is emotionally focused and charged with the power of archetype, its undercurrent of passion perfectly controlled. Carole Giangrande has mastered the novella form." - Eva Tihanyi, author of Flying Underwater: Poems New and Selected "The language of the novella is absolutely luxurious, a blend of English and Italian that rolls of the tongue like honey wrapped around a Vivaldi symphony. Lyrical, languid, brilliant, Midsummer is a fast read for a slow and sultry afternoon. I highly recommend it."- Biblioteca "Like a painting that comes to life, Midsummer by Carole Giangrande is like the longest-day of summer in families when tragedy saddens everyone in different ways, regrets threaten to bring members to their knees, and forgiveness is a shining beacon that can save them all."- Savvy Verse and Wit"The ties of family, the place we hold in history, the issues of our personal culpability are the key issues in Carole Giangrande's novella. It is a seemingly simple book, which examines complex emotions. It is an especially perfect read for summer."- Dolce Bellezza"Lovely. This is the first word that comes to mind about this book. It's rather short, but packs a intensely emotional wallop. The stories weave together in such a unique way that doesn't quite show it's true meaning until the very end. This is truly a story that must be savored slowly, and enjoyed thoroughly."- Book Lady, Must Read Faster"There are so many things to appreciate in Midsummer. Giangrande's style is truly poetic. She gives this story an engaging other-worldly feel that borders on the magical. She is also able to really focus in on the story--which is surprisingly complex for so short a book--and every word is essential."- West Metro Mommy Reads
About the Author
Born and raised in the New York City area, Carole Giangrande now resides in Toronto. Her novella, A Gardener On The Moon, was co-winner of the 2010 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. She's the author of two novels, An Ordinary Star (2004) and A Forest Burning (2000) and a short story collection, Missing Persons (1994), as well as two non-fiction books: Down To Earth: The Crisis in Canadian Farming (1985) and The Nuclear North: The People, The Regions and the Arms Race (1983). She's worked as a broadcast journalist for CBC Radio, and her fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in literary journals and in Canada's major newspapers. While revising new work, she now comments as The Thoughtful Blogger (a space for interesting books and intermittent reflection), available through her website at http://www.carolegiangrande.com.
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The writing is really lovely but I found the time-line hard to follow, the first few pages slightly confusing. For this reason I was not engaged from the beginning.
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There are so many things to appreciate in this book. Giangrande's style is truly poetic. She gives this story an engaging other-worldly feel that borders on the magical. She is also able to really focus in on the story--which is surprisingly complex for so short a book--and every word is essential.
Another surprising aspect of this book is the depth Giangrande is able to give the characters. The most intriguing character, Leonora, is not even truly present in the book. I would love to have an Aunt Elena--a weaver of tales and family history. But, on the flip side, Eddie is as tangible as stone.
I read this book in one sitting (and in little over an hour) and thoroughly enjoyed it. If I had any complaints, it would be only that it took me a couple of chapters (really, only a couple of pages) to get my feel of the book. But, other than that, this was a delightful read.
The writing is really lovely but I found the time-line hard to follow, the first few pages slightly confusing.
For this reason I was not engaged from the beginning.