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.