June Book of the Month: Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

For June we'll be reading Summer Crossing by Truman Capote. Written in 1943, this is Capote's first book however it was ignored for many years and only published recently in 2005.

 

The story takes place in New York City over the course of the hot summer of 1945.

Grady McNeil, a 17-year-old upper class Protestant débutante, steadfastly refuses to accompany her parents on their usual summer ritual of travel, in this case to France. Left in the city for the summer by herself, she pursues a covert romance with Clyde Manzer, a Jewish parking lot attendant, whom she had noticed several months earlier. Grady spends time with Clyde and meets some of his friends, and in turn the couple visits the Central Park Zoo together. There, Clyde invites Grady to his younger brother's bar mitzvah.

As the summer heats up, so does Grady's and Clyde's romance. The couple is soon wed in Red Bank, New Jersey. Once married, Grady meets Clyde's middle class family in Brooklyn, and only then is the couple truly faced with the stark reality of the cultural divide between her family and his. Grady then realizes at her sister Apple's home that she is six weeks pregnant.

 

We'll be meeting at New Day again to enjoy the fine summer NW weather, look for the large table of people with books in the courtyard. Newday has a fine selection of food, drinks and baked goods for those in the mood.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't make it into town in time. Great book though.

    July 7, 2013

  • Nora C.

    Something came up and I won't be able to come today. I really enjoyed the book though. Hope you all have a great discussion.

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I have visitors in from out of town. I hope to catch the next one.

    July 6, 2013

  • Beth

    Unless I can get a copy of the book in the next few days, I think I will be waiting until the next meeting to attend...

    June 24, 2013

  • Margaret

    Thanks everyone.I found a copy at Smith Book store on E 13th this afternoon. I'm a happy camper !

    June 24, 2013

  • Margaret

    Having a hard time finding this book used. It's not at the library, however, I'm going on a quest this afternoon.

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How does this work, do we read the entire book before we meet up?

    June 13, 2013

    • Chuck K.

      How can I get my copy to you? I'll be at the university tomorrow if that helps. Let me know directly at [masked].

      June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, didn't check back in. I'll email you.

      June 24, 2013

  • Hershell N.

    look forward to it...H

    June 15, 2013

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