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The Summer Son [Kindle Edition]

Craig Lancaster
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He owed a lot of people, but I was the only one left to collect. I told myself that I didn’t care about him, only about what he owed me, whatever that was.

I even tried to believe it.

When Mitch Quillen’s life begins to unravel, he fears there is no escape. His marriage and his career are both failing, and his relationship with his father has been a disaster for decades. Approaching forty, Mitch doesn’t want to become a middle-aged statistic. When his estranged father, Jim, suddenly calls, Mitch’s wife urges him to respond. Ready for a change, Mitch heads to Montana and a showdown that will alter the course of his life. Amid a backdrop of rugged peaks and valleys, the story unfolds: a violent episode that triggered the rift, thirty years of miscommunication, and the possibility of misplaced blame. In Craig Lancaster’s powerful novel, The Summer Son, readers are invited into a family where conflict and secrets prevail, and where hope for healing and redemption is possible.

About the Author

Craig Lancaster, a journalist and novelist, is the author of 600 Hours of Edward, named a 2009 Montana Honor Book. He lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife, Angela, and two rambunctious dachshunds.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597248
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (25 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S9WBLG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Washington. Grew up in Texas. Lived his adult years in Texas, Alaska, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington, California and, now, Montana. It's the sort of background that informs Craig Lancaster's fiction, set largely in the contemporary American West and, particularly, his adopted home of Montana.

"I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields of the West when I was a kid," Lancaster says. "It was such a vast, beautiful, overwhelming place. From the first time I saw Montana, I wanted to be a part of it."

A couple of years after Craig's arrival in the Big Sky State in his mid-30s, he began chasing a long-held dream: writing novels. His debut, 600 Hours of Edward, was born in 2008 in the crucible of National Novel Writing Month, that every-November free-for-all of furious writing. In October 2009, it was published by Riverbend Publishing of Helena, Montana, and has since gone on to be selected as a Montana Honor Book and a High Plains Book Award winner.

His follow-up, The Summer Son, was released in January 2011 by AmazonEncore, to similar acclaim. Booklist called the new novel "a classic western tale of rough lives and gruff, dangerous men, of innocence betrayed and long, stumbling journeys to love."

Next came "Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure," a collection of short fiction, including pieces Lancaster originally published in Montana Quarterly magazine. That book, released by Missouri Breaks Press, came out in December 2011.

Lancaster's work delves deeply below the surface of its characters, teasing out the desires and motivations that lead us through our lives.

"It's all too easy to turn people into caricatures, but the truth is, we humans are pretty damned fascinating," he says. "For me, fiction is a way at getting at truth. I use it to examine the world around me, the things that disturb me, the questions I have about life -- whether my own or someone else's. My hope is that someone reading my work will have their own emotional experience and bring their own thoughts to what they read on the page."

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read 23 Aug 2013
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I couldn't put this book down. It was full of twists and turns and a whole heap of surprises. The love from a single dad who got things wrong but also very right. The book really makes you think about how easy it is to completely misunderstand someone. Very thought provoking. I'm sure I'll think about this story for a long time to come.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A tale of family intrigue, dark secrets and misunderstanding. I had empathy for the main character, Mitch, who's approaching 40 and needing closure on some painful episodes in his life. Mitch is failing and his life seems to be falling apart. What he has to figure out is whether his current problems are all of his own making or, have events from the past trigerred his meltdown. The Summer Son introduces Mitch at his lowest ebb and charts his journey as he begins to peel away layer after layer of hidden secrets in an attempt to understand his past and, maybe, become reunited with his father. Dealing with both family conflict and the hope of healing this novel has a decent mix of themes which are nicely blended.

The Summer Son isn't particularly challenging or exciting to read but; it does possess a great deal of charm and has some cleverly worked twists and turns.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this a lot 21 Aug 2013
By Mrs OB
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This is my kind of story. The characterisation is very good. There is no fat to the story, everything tells you enough about each person and how they relate to each other. A very thought provoking read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rela page turner 25 Aug 2013
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Thought this book was very profound,very well written,with you wanting to find why the Father was the way he was,really sensative writing with great understanding of the sublect in hand,was so nice tie up all the ends, to the people mentioned along the way, at end of book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FINE STORY 23 July 2013
By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This tale of misunderstanding of a son for his father for which he is blameless flits between his childhood summer of 1979 and 2007/8. Every second summer Mitch spends with his father in the wilds of Montana where his father operates a drilling rig. Hard labour and rough living. Something happens that summer of '79 which drives them apart for some 30 years. Something which Mitch does not understand.
In 2007 going through a bad patch with his wife and kids, Mitch starts receiving phone calls from his dad that causes him to suspect that something is not right. His wife persuades him to go up to Montana to make his peace with his father and as some time apart may help their personal difficulties . This results in a slow , difficult dialogue developing between son and father in which much is revealed to both of them. The culmination is one clew to a terrible secret.
Does Mitch learn why his father rejected him and do they reconcile?
A gripping story with believable main characters and well drawn bit part players. The dialogue is crisp and real pulling the reader along at a fair pace. Well done Craig .Lancaster.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flis 13 Oct 2013
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I chose this as a holiday read but found it was much more. Difficult relationships and issues thrashed out over the chapters made it a memorable read - with twist I wasn't expecting at the end. I hadn't read this author before but will look for more of his writing now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 13 Aug 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very thought provoking. My opinion of one of the main characters changed dramatically throughout the story. I like Craig Lancasters style of writing and look forward to reading more of his work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Summer Son by Caig Lancaster 28 May 2013
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I have to say that I found this book uncomfortable reading and the relationship between father and son disturbing. On the other hand it is well written and gives much food for thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously disconcerting and fascinating
Couldn't put it down. The story is told first person from Mitch as he goes through the events that shaped his life, his marriage, and who has become, following strange phone calls... Read more
Published 3 days ago by KarenLB
1.0 out of 5 stars Whiny and self-indulgent
This book deals with a man hitting middle age. His career is shot, his marriage is in trouble, and he's beginning to realise that the blame for these situations can be laid at his... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Soapy Soutar
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
You know there is something, but you can't put your finger on it!! It kept me going all the way through to the end. I enjoyed it thoroughly. So like a man not to open up though.
Published 1 month ago by Dotty
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really enjoyed this book, although in some places was a bit slow. Never the less it's a good book to read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Carol Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
drew me in and kept me there because most families are like this I guess- the past is complicated by the relationship issues and this story showed that
Published 2 months ago by Marj 31
2.0 out of 5 stars got bored
started ok was quite enthusiastic and interested but soon became irritating and sort of lost its meaning became bored and stopped reading... Read more
Published 2 months ago by su46
4.0 out of 5 stars grabs you
Interesting book with a few twists. Keeps you on your toes. Fast paced story that you want to keep reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars the Summer Sun
An unusual story which grew on me the more I read. It took a while before I realised where the story was heading but it was well worth reading until the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rona Burroughs
3.0 out of 5 stars Family ties
Caught up in family relations and tension between father and son suspense gets hold off you and under standing at the end
Published 3 months ago by Robert Watson654.@ btinternet.co
4.0 out of 5 stars The Summer Son
I won't go into too many details of the plot etc. as others have already done that. I will add that it would nit nirmally ve my kind of book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Evelyn S
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