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.

Sergio Angelini
Yvette Banek
Joe Barone
Brian Busby
Bill Crider
Scott Cupp
Martin Edwards
Curt Evans
Jerry House
Randy Johnson
Nick Jones
George Kelley
Margot Kinberg
Rob Kitchin
B.V. Lawson
Evan Lewis
Steve Lewis/Mike Tooney
Todd Mason
J.F. Norris
Richard Pangburn
David Rachels
James Reasoner
Richard Robinson
Gerard Saylor
Ron Scheer
Michael Slind
Kerrie Smith
Kevin Tipple
Prashant Trikannad


Charles Gramlich said...

I seem to have forgotten more books than I can remember these days.

Yvette said...

Okay, I'm up and running. Earlier than usual - at least for me. :)

Nick Jones (Louis XIV, the Sun King) said...

Thanks for the link, Patti! This post might provide more food for thought for the regulars though:

Richard L. Pangburn said...

I have an entry for today.