Vacationland Summer Reading Challenge: Book 3

With two days to go, I finished another book on my challenge list.

Summer by Edith Wharton
(2, a novel with “summer” in the title)

Well, okay, technically this is a novella.  But that totally counts.

I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and I’m very happy I finally got to it.  Wharton’s exploration of passion and sexuality, and its consequences, is moving.  It’s very emotionally honest, and simple.

The ending was a heart-breaker, but one is left with the sense that it couldn’t have turned out any other way.  Which, of course, is a bit infuriating for all of its honesty.  I like it when I react that much to a story, I have to say–I really felt for Charity all through this story, and I felt passionately right along with her.

EDIT:  Oh my goodness, I was so upset over my failure when writing this post that I forgot to tell you what the book is about!  Here’s the summary from Goodreads, I don’t trust myself to be coherent in my current fragile state:

A new Englander of humble origins, Charity Royall is swept into a torrid love affair with an artistically inclined young man from New York City, but her dreams of a future with him are thwarted.

“Torrid” is a relative term.  But yes, that’s pretty much the extent of the actual plot.  The story’s power, as I said, is in Charity’s experiences and her passionate personality.

So there we are, August 30th, three out of four books read.

Just for the sake of keeping track,  here’s where the challenge stands now:

1. Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip by Dayton Duncan (a book that deals with a trip or vacation)

2. Summer by Edith Wharton (a novel with “summer” in the title)

3.  Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman (a novel with “red” in the title) Changed to Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell

4.  Deep Atlantic: Life, Death, and Exploration in the Abyss by Richard Ellis (a book related to sailing or the ocean)

AAAND: I’m calling it here, folks.  There’s no way I can complete this challenge.  My own reading challenge!


So I’ve been humbled.  But I also read a few books I’ve been meaning to, so it’s not a complete failure.

I guess.

How did everyone else do?


Happy reading, anyway, folks.   Hope you enjoyed your summer here in Maine, and that you’ve got fun-filled last-hurrah plans for Labor Day Weekend.


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