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  • A Summer of Good-Byes (Blue Triangle Press Book 2)
  • Fred Misurella
  • 03 June 2019

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  1. Chapter And Hearse Chapter And Hearse says:

    I found myself when reading the book experiencing the pain that Ben and Lee Alto go through, the trials and tribulations of their life, their struggles with infertility and venturing into the foreign adoption process. After the adoption is complete and you begin to hope for a happy ending 9/11 happens and the couples world is turned upside and then when a secret comes to light and a person from Bens past reappears that causes additional questions to arise.

    The story is beautifully written. The descriptions of the French countryside were vivid and I could picture the landscape, the colors, and the beauty. I surprised at the emotions I felt by the 9/11 event. The only trouble I had while reading this book was the in-depth explanations of art history - although I understood it as the path of the main character, and I could appreciate the description I wasn’t sure why the author felt is necessary to be so detailed.


  2. Ebooks Rock Ebooks Rock says:

    Taking in the scenery of the French countryside, trudging into the
    bowels of a Russian adoption agency, and living through 9/11.
    Proper prose coupled with developed characters, and a story of
    with extraordinary circumstances, love, loss and even a bit of art
    history. Makes this book a well-rounded, descriptive and
    informative story, a first-person point of view and a handful of
    plot twists, make for the reader and the main character a journey
    worth knowing.


  3. Biblio Phanatic Biblio Phanatic says:

    Ben teaches history of art, his wife Lee is an artist from New York. They adopt Misha, because despite their efforts, they could not have children. Ben and Lee give the impression of a happy and fulfilled family. Both decide to travel to Europe to visit once again their favorite, well- known places. Whole family go to Southern France where many years ago, Ben met Anne- Marie, his first love. They met again after all these years. But they are different right now, they have their own lives and priorities. Anne-Marie fights with cancer and has some problems with Celestine a rebellious teenager.
    It would seem that this is a story that you have read many times. This romantic tale is set in beautiful, breath-taking landscapes of Provence, with all its colors and smells. The author describes the charms of France in a wonderful, vivid and real way. You can even feel and almost see the images that he presents in A Summer of Goodbyes. It makes the book special for me and held my attention with a great, touching story to tell.


  4. Henry Webb Henry Webb says:

    Fred Misurella's novel, A Summer of Good-Byes, is a fascinating account of the marital shocks that leas to the growth in Bend and Lee Alto's relationship. In the process, Ben, as a supportive friend to an old lover, is able to let go of his sense of loss and come to a feeling of equilibrium. The novel's opening chapter is a straightforward account of an American couple's trip deep into Russia to adopt a baby boy. It is a journey that is at every moment simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary. The sense of traveling with them, of being there, is uncanny. The book is constantly intriguing. An added bonus is the author's wise, beautiful prose.


  5. Julie Barrett Julie Barrett says:

    A Summer of Good-Byes by Fred Misurella
    Starts out with other works by the author and acknowledgements.
    Many different scenes while the adults have relationships with each other and others.
    Most dramatic one for me was 9/11 as I was not near NY but watched it live on tv after a golf game.
    So heartbreaking to hear how it effected the family that day.
    Love all the travel especially abroad as I will probably never get to experience it in my lifetime.
    Kind of confusing they go back to other relationships at times you are unsure who is really there and at what stage of their lives.
    Story does go back in time to when they first met and i found it interesting to learn of adoption proceedings from other countries.
    Thought US had enough babies for adoption to go around.
    Liked learning more about the art world and mystery surrounding the unsigned painting in the caves.
    Glimpses of Grimm and Leonard Cohen, precious hidden treasures for me. Like how this story ends after so much sadness, love, heartache and pure joy at times.
    I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.


  6. Bish Bosh Bish Bosh says:

    The narrator of this story is an art critic and foster parent, with his fair share of life’s challenges, including infertility treatment, a miscarrying partner and living through the worry and anxiety of the 9/11 attack.

    The author writes in a tantalising way, making us readers have to piece together what is happening. He leaves sufficient space in his narrative, opting not to spoon-feed readers. Misurella maintains tension at just the right level, making you want to read on and discover more. He paints a very vivid and detailed picture of the life and experiences of his characters that perfectly contextualises them and provides a rich back story.

    This could easily have been a novel overly filled with pathos, and superfluously dramatic but Misurella is a sophisticated writer and story-teller who successfully avoids the pitfall of the saccharine and sentimental. What he has created here is a mature, well-rounded novel.


  7. Minion Reviews Minion Reviews says:

    Another powerful read from Misurella. I picked this up on the back of having loved Arrangement in Black and White, and again I am glad to have read. Misurella seems to have cornered a niche in the market that I’ll call Romantic-Literary-Fiction. His books are better written and far more entertaining than your average romantic fiction, and a lot more enveloping than standard lit-fic. Great characters, powerful involving plot-lines, and they always left me with that ‘just one more chapter’ feeling each time it was time for bed. I’ll be seeking out Misurella for each successive new release.


  8. Pegboard Pegboard says:

    A Summer of Good-Byes, by Fred Misurella, has Ben and Lee traveling to Russia to adopt their son. The adventures and uncertainty they face is interesting as many difficulties could have risen. Ben tells the tale and how he saw the events in his life unfold. Misha’s adoption was the biggest incident in their life, then came 9/11. The towers falling was just half of the devastation they felt that day.
     
    I love the way Fred Misurella presents A Summer of Good-Byes. This cultural read will captivate the reader as the characters come to face trials amidst the joy. The quick pace through their lives help the reader get a taste of the drama within their family. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would highly recommend it to those who like the commotion that comes with the lives of artists though Ben and Lee’s direction in this field is different.  


  9. Grady Grady says:

    ‘The three of us became a family—an American family.’

    Pennsylvania author Fred Misurella is a Fulbright scholar and a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, has lived in New York and Paris, and has taught creative writing, journalism, and Italian-American Literature at East Stroudsburg University and makes pilgrimages to Provence, Liguria, and Tuscany almost every summer His five books embrace important issues and he has written articles and stories for Partisan Review, Salmagundi, Kansas Quarterly, Voices in Italian Americana, L'Atelier du roman (in France), The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review. He is the book review editor for VIA, a semi-annual journal of Italian American culture.

    The poetry of Fred’s creation has never been more additive than in this story that embraces art on every level. From his opening paragraphs we are submersed in art – ‘“Absolutely,” I said, though with many, many secret doubts. My wife, Lee, was talking about a baby—a photo of a baby. The child was big, round-faced, and laughing—or crying—at any rate, making what looked like a horrifyingly loud sound. “He,” she said, “is the one. Let’s do it now.” I’ve often wondered what provokes love, or constitutes its image, in real life or photos. I’m not thinking about beauty queens or musclemen, or pleasing glimpses of naked flesh. But certain lines and shades coalesce, certain movements, rhythms, or gestures attract and make, somehow unconsciously, an impact on the viewer that can change a life. Art, we used to say in college, moves the world. I still remember my first genuine aesthetic experience, the one that committed me to a life in art, both as practitioner and critic. It made me fall in love, just as my wife fell in love at the moment this story begins. During my junior year in high school, our French teacher arranged a one week summer visit to Paris, and of course that included a tour of the Louvre. Our first afternoon there I felt tired and listless, partly because of jet lag, partly because I had been up late the night before. A girl and I had walked along the river, holding hands and kissing at several moonlit bridges, with the result that, next morning, we both missed the tour bus from our hotel. She had decided to sleep in, but I wanted to go to the museum, and so, armed with directions from the hotel concierge–two or three Metro stops away as I recall–I arrived at the sprawling museum beside the river more than an hour late, alone, and not quite sure where to find our group.’

    The story is not only about France, Provence in particular, but it is writing in a fashion that MAKES it French, doubtless due to the experiences of the author. The synopsis shares the outline of the plot well – ‘Ben and Lee Alto follow Van Gogh’s 19th century path to Provence, hoping to find inspiration for their own lives and give their son, Misha, some insight into a world completely different from their own. They find art, of course, and a world of beautiful landscapes, warm temperatures, and, yes, wonderful food. But they also find a ghost of their past, and it’s not Vincent Van Gogh but a woman Ben once loved and a man, Zach, a well-known jazz musician, who teach them some hard lessons about art and life, as well as the art of life. A SUMMER OF GOOD-BYES resonates with the warmth of France’s southern sun, famous artists, and violent conflicts. It’s a vital, romantic story filled with the tensions of love and marriage, sexual longing and family loyalty, and the struggle to live in the face of impending death and loss.’

    This book is a must-read for art lovers and a should-read for everyone who cares about the sanctity of family. Highly recommended.


  10. Luxurious Literature Luxurious Literature says:

    This book was a masterpiece for me the arts enthusiast. I have to say that this revived my seemingly exhausted ardor for all things art and passion. The plot involves a couple called Ben and Lee Alto who at the beginning are said to be on their way to Russia to adopt a baby boy as they are quite an unfortunate couple in the area of child conception. They had been trying for a baby among themselves throughout their marriage but there are always miscarriages or the issue of Ben not having enough sperm count. Their baby boy is Mikhail (they call him Misha for short) and they rejoice in adopting him and raising him as their own.
    Time passes and they are both working in New York City but by 2001 with the occurrence of 9/11, Ben learns from Lee that she had been cheating on him for a while now with a French family friend of theirs. Ben is deeply hurt but keeps his cool and from then on their lives are not so perfect as a couple anymore. Ben becomes a professor of the arts at some college and although he and Lee are still together, they are not as in love as they used to be anymore. They both travel to France with Misha later in the novel and there, Ben reunites with an old flame by the name of Ann-Marie who together rekindle their romance.
    This book was such a beauty for me. Despite of the sadness and deepness it contains, I was in awe of the references to Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Matisse to name a few. There was also a great artwork from ancient Greece that I found out about from this book which is the “Victory of Samothrace” that is on display at the Louvre in Paris, France. You see why I love this book so much? Yes, it has reignited my passion for the arts and it does have a faint Danielle Steel feel to it since it’s a romance read but it also includes the beauty that is of Europe and the artists there (particularly France).
    I wholeheartedly recommend this “beauty” to all arts enthusiasts out there. Books like this are kind of rare during this age we are in right now as writers in this day seem to focus more on dystopia and futuristic elements. But yeah, this has a classic feel to it so buy a copy for yourself today if you are a fan of the visual arts like me because it just flows so richly with all the glamour and aestheticism of France. It brings back the reasons why I dreamed of traveling to France, the city of romance and art when I was a teenager. Good read, good stuff! Get it today for your kindle library now!


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