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Herman Raucher

Summer of '42

“?SUMMER OF ‘42 is a charming and tender novel…The overall effect is one of high hilarity. Raucher is a comic-artist who is able to convey the fears and joys…of the boy and at the same time give older readers a wrench in the heart. ” —?PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A classic coming-of-age story and international bestseller.
Captivating and evocative, Herman Raucher’s semi-autobiographical tale has been made into a record-breaking Academy Award nominated hit movie, adapted for the stage, and enchanted readers for generations.
In the summer of 1942, Hermie is fifteen. He is wildly obsessed with sex, and passionately in love with an “older woman” of twenty-two, whose husband is overseas and at war. Ambling through Nantucket Island with his friends, Hermie’s indelible narration chronicles his frantic efforts to become a man, especially one worthy of the lovely Dorothy, as well as his glorious and heartbreaking initiation into sex.
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    Ирина Осипенкоhas quotedlast year
    And finally, the goddamned bird had come in behind him at six o’clock high and let loose a quick burst of shit that splattered on the back of his neck not ten minutes after a new haircut.
    Ирина Осипенкоhas quoted2 years ago
    The old wooden water tower stood high against the sky, a tall, buglike structure straddling the earth like the Colossus of Rhodes, providing a refuge for all mothers’ sons who could navigate the forty rungs without breaking their asses. Beyond it the sun was checking out in a conspiracy of reds and purples. Below it the small town stretched lethargically, turning on a few spasmodic lights as talismans against the night.
    Ирина Осипенкоhas quoted2 years ago
    There was a great deal of looking going on.

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