- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870745050
- ISBN-13: 978-0870745058
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flood Summer Hardcover – 2005
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Beyond being just that, of course, the book contains a collection of compelling characters and situations that widely affect the reader, invoking sensations ranging from joy to betrayal, from heartbreak to hope, from humor to emotional (and even physical!) weariness.
I gave this book out to several friends for the holidays and have already (three days later) started hearing very positive feedback. If you truly enjoy reading and you are looking for your next book, consider this one.
During its initial chapters, in a scene inside a neck-deep flooded house in the country, the image of a poisonous water moccasin swimming toward the main male character Abe, with its head raised like a frog's, is just one of Stewart's dozens of creepy forget-me-nots. The sheer length and audacity of Stewart's suspenseful description of Abe's swimming, slipping, and sliding around, trying to avoid snakes and free his best friend's mother from where she's wedged, drowning between her car and a tree -- this section is absolutely spellbinding. Afterward of course the novel must go on. But Flood Summer refuses to "dry up," thanks in large part to Abe, a larger than life yet one-hundred-percent three-dimensional Arkansan. Bookish, a lone wolf, he lends the novel Biblical/Lincolnian stature.
In his Appalachian Gothic thriller-cum-love story Stewart gives us Abe's parents and working-crew buddies all rendered with the sculptor Duane Hanson's tough loving care. Then, too, there's the dark, exotic newcomer in Hot Springs, Marie, equally sculpted, complete with her train of characters, including the unforgettable waitress/newlywed Laine. I was especially taken with Stewart's portrait of Marie's "single" mother, also named Marie, who has now disappeared but was once totally under the thumb of a sleazy drug dealer who had set both mother and daughter on a wild car trip to pick up moonshine from a blind treacherous redneck, "Uncle Brady.Read more ›
My kids (age 9 and 11) devoured the Mysterious Benedict Society as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shipping was prompt and book new. Very descriptive and evocative flood scene but otherwise I found the book to be boring. His children's books are phenomenal, however.Published on August 19, 2011 by Teacher/Photographer
Our family loved The Mysterious Benedict Society. When we found out that Trenton Lee Stewart had previously written a novel for adults, I bought it for my husband for Christmas. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by Kindle Customer
Flood Summer was terrific. Mr. Stewart is a writer of the first order. His character development is impeccable. Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by A. Wilson