A nostalgic look at the summers of not so long ago…
(The fictional small town of Greenberry is the setting for my latest novel, And So We Dream.)
Back when watermelons had shiny black seeds set in deep ruby red.
Back when corn was grown in wide discernable rows, “knee-high by the Fourth of July.”
Back when the sky was clear of satellite dishes and cellphone towers, when a bike ride uptown to the concert on the square or to the ice cream shop was high adventure.
And dreams were the soul and sustenance of three teenage girls — Anne, Vita, and Beth — and Joey, the twelve-year-old boy who spends the summer with them.
Coming from Chicago, “Joey thinks of the small town of Greenberry as ‘boyland’ – a world of riding bikes, fishing, going barefoot, and the county fair.”
A place where summer meant vegetables fresh from the garden,
and evenings were for enjoying homemade ice cream with neighbors.
When the days were filled with lemonade stands and swimming,
and all the skies were cotton candy skies.
And the magic of summer came from the belief that everything begins with a dream.
(Images from my Pinterest boards.)
“A brilliantly engaging, entertaining, and at times poignant coming-of-age story, ‘And So We Dream’ is a compelling read … that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book is finished and set back upon the shelf. From the author of the ‘Christmastime’ series, ‘And So We Dream‘ is unreservedly recommended…” -the MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW)