Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday's Forgotten Books, September 14, 2012
A Summons to Memphis, Peter Taylor
I read this in January of 1987. It won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award that year. It is the story of a man who is summoned to Memphis by his two sisters when his father threatens to remarry in his eighties. The father is a tyrant who has thwarted his children at every turn, squashing any chance for happiness.
The writing is ethereal even if the plot is not a happy one. None of them have had a happy or fulfilling life and this book examines that.
Taylor is more well known for his short stories, writing only three novels. This is certainly his best one.
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