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The Summer Friend by Charles McGrath
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Jun 07, 2022 | ISBN 9780593321157

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“To read Chip McGrath’s gentle, elegant memoir The Summer Friend, is to lose yourself in your own past summers, especially the ones of your youth, when you imagined there’d be an infinite number of them, and also friends to share those summers with.  That both turn out to be numbered makes this book positively ache with beauty and loss.” — Richard Russo

“The main character of this unusual memoir isn’t the author; the hero of this story is the author’s best friend, a cancer victim.  I love the novelistic details—cancer is imagined as a monster who comes back, as nightmares do. This is an indelible memoir —a lasting tribute to an enduring friendship.” — John Irving

“How can anyone write so pretty without even seeming to try? You don’t so much read this memoir as you just seem to draw it in, breathe it in, with all the smells and tastes of summer, and friendship, and being young … beautifully young. In these pages, without there seeming to be a wasted word, we sail a Beetle named Loon and go to sleep in a summer house without one level floor. We learn how smashing glass at a town dump can set you free, and why it is more satisfying, sometimes, to buy your fireworks from an Italian who is packing heat.” — Rick Bragg

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