The Myth of Perpetual Summer (Paperback)
Gallery Books, 9781501172014, 368pp.
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
A struggling girl uncovers her family's history and sees how the lies of the past echo throughout their dysfunctional lives today. From the national bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes a moving coming-of-age tale set in the tumultuous sixties that harkens to both Ordinary Grace and The Secret Life of Bees. Tallulah James's parents' volatile relationship, erratic behavior, and hands-off approach to child rearing set tongues to wagging in their staid Mississippi town, complicating her already uncertain life. She takes the responsibility of shielding her family's reputation and raising her younger twin siblings onto her youthful shoulders. If not for the emotional constants of her older brother, Griff, and her old guard Southern grandmother, she would be lost. When betrayal and death arrive hand in hand, she takes to the road, headed to what turns out to be the not-so-promised land of Southern California. Seven years later, she's drawn home when her younger brother is accused of murder. Finally, she learns the truth of the terrible tragedy that has lain hidden for so long.