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SUMMER MORNING, SUMMER NIGHT.
By Ray Bradbury.
Starred Review. As intoxicating as Bradburys legendary Dandelion Wine, the 27 new and old stories in this potent collection resonate with timeless power. -- Publishers Weekly.
OVERVIEW: Green Town, Illinois stands at the very heart of Ray Bradbury Country. A lovingly re-imagined version of the authors native Waukegan, it has served as the setting for such modern classics as Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Farewell Summer . In Summer Morning, Summer Night, Bradbury returns to this signature locale with a generous new collection of twenty-seven stories and vignettes, seventeen of which have never been published before. Together, they illuminate some of Green Towns previously hidden corners, and reaffirm Bradburys position as the undisputed master of a unique fictional universe.In the course of this volume, readers will encounter a gallery of characters brought vividly to life by that indefinable Bradbury magic. Included among them are a pair of elderly sisters whose love potion carries an unexpected consequence; a lonely teacher who discovers love on Green Towns nocturnal streets; a ten-year-old girl who literally unearths the intended victim of a vicious crime; and an aging man who recreates his past with the aid of a loaf of pumpernickel bread.Each of these stories is engaging, evocative, and deeply felt. Each reflects the characteristic virtues that have always marked the best of Bradburys fiction: optimism, unabashed nostalgia, openness to experience, and, most centrally, an abiding generosity of spirit. Summer Morning, Summer Night is both an unexpected gift and a treasure trove of Story. Its people, places, images, and events will linger in the readers mind for many years to come.
Hard cover, Sub. Press. 2008. Fine / Fine.