Dusk and Summer by Joseph A. Pinto
The first time I read this book, it held me captive, curled beneath my comforter until it was done with me. Recently, it was released under a new publisher and with a new cover. Dusk and Summer kept me prisoner for a second time this afternoon.
The novella published by Pinto in 2008 is a deeply personal metaphysical journey that we are guests on. The beginning of the novella brought out the English teacher in me; I wanted to make some corrections. It seemed to me like he was using to many words when fewer would have allowed the tale to flow more evenly. Don’t allow the rocky beginning to turn you off. It has a purpose and if you let it, it will take a hold of you. Pinto is a gifted storyteller knowing which elements of the story to share and which to hold back.
If you are tempted in novels to skip the forward and go straight to the meat of the book; don’t. You will miss some much needed information about the author and how this book was birthed as well as the love behind it. All books in one form or another are born of an author’s heart. This one came from a love grown and nurtured over decades between a father and a son. It is also about letting go and following the wishes of a love one.
There is a villain, one that I have had personal experience with, cancer. It claws and rakes families with misery. Some survive, and others goes through what the Pinto family did. They sit day after day with their love ones doing everything they can to make it though the next day, hour or minute with their sanity in tacked. Hoping and praying for miracles that never come. Searching for meaning.
This is a book about one man’s search for meaning; about a son looking for a way to fulfill his father’s last wish and finding strength in his father’s life and death.
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