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Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Shower of Summer Days by May Sarton

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Title: A Shower of Summer Days
Author: May Sarton
Copyright: 1952
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9780393009255
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 stars

A quiet novel, that at first seems to be about the relationships between the protagonists: Violet Dene Gordon and her husband, Charles, who have recently returned to Violet's family home of Dene's Court in Ireland, and Violet's American niece, Sally, who has made a poor attachment to an actor in the States, when in fact the entire novel is truly about emotion, and what happens when emotions become too volatile within a small group of people in an enclosed space. The enclosed space, in this case, is Dene's Court itself, which could almost be considered a character on its own, as its presence in the novel is just as important as the main characters are. There is no plot, per se,as we seem to be just dropped into these people's lives for one summer, but Sarton handles this smoothly and poetically, not needing a lot of back story, just telling the story in its own present. This could be one of my favorites.

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