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  • 07/2016
  • 9781627873697
  • 379 pages
  • $17.95
A Summer in the Catskills

“It’s the dwarf I had to battle, not the giant.” How many times are we reminded of that when we have conquered seemingly insurmountable problems. That’s the challenge facing Byron Rutledge, a twenty-year-old university student from Queens, after he stumbles upon summer work at a Catskill Mountain resort in upstate New York. While A Summer in the Catskills evokes scenes of vacationing families enjoying the outdoor amenities that an idyllic setting offers, the serenity of the Catskills is used to contrast the turmoil that besets not only the main character, but that facing the nation and world as well. Hired as a dishwasher, Byron is excited to spend his summer in the mountains. But his expectations are quickly dashed when he encounters hellish working conditions and unbridled youths bent on drugs and alcohol. Inevitably, Byron's unruly coworkers stir up trouble within the resort and among the townsfolk with Byron finding himself caught in the middle. Pressure mounts, triggering nightmares that nearly drive him to madness. The book appeals to all ages. Though it recounts desperation, tragedy, and unhealed emotional wounds among its characters, it contains laugh-out-loud humor. And it’s rich in imagery and filled with historical references and political commentary spoken through its characters.   

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5.0 out of 5 starsA Summer in the Catskills is a tale for anyone who has experienced the frustrations and anxieties of young adulthood.

ByAmazon Customeron October 22, 2016

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Very well-written account of a young adult's summer in the Catskills. It contains all the elements of a good book: humor, suspense, surprise, & some tender moments. The author has a great command of the English language and his imagery & character descriptions are excellent. His extensive knowledge of history is woven into the story in a very clever way. The book made me laugh in parts, and some mysterious scenes made me want to read on. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to take the journey with Byron in the beautiful setting of the Adirondack Mountains in New York.

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5.0 out of 5 starsThis book will appeal to all ages. Author has ...

ByAmazon Customeron December 25, 2016

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This book will appeal to all ages. Author has a writing style similar to that found in classical literature. What a relief to read a story that can be entertaining without containing sex, violence, and graphic language. But it contains some erotica, where explicitness is masked by metaphors that's amusing but not obscene. Story has a serious tone, but retains a humorous vein. Interesting characters. Contains many historical references.

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5.0 out of 5 starsA "coming of age" novel set in the bucolic Catskill Mountains

Byamazon customeron February 19, 2017

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Twenty year-old Byron Rutledge, faced with a long, boring summer, leaves his Queens home in 1972 for adventure and freedom in the picturesque Catskill Mountains. Buoyed with happy memories of summers spent there with his family a decade ago, he is thrilled to get a job as a dishwasher at a vacation resort. But his dreams are shattered when he is confronted with abominable working conditions, a surly boss and colleagues who cause him to feel alienated and alone.
Filled with quirky, entertaining characters, the author's tales are laced with humor and an extensive knowledge of history. Byron's anguish in his new surroundings is accurately depicted and leaves the reader yearning to know how he will deal with his first major crossroad.
It's a great read, particularly for anyone who nostalgically recalls the bygone era of a Catskills family vacation.

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Formats
Paperback Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9781627873697
  • 379 pages
  • $17.95

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