Saturday, May 22, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: Indian Summer

"Demobilization sounded like the best word in the language in 1946."

-- Indian Summer by John Knowles.

A Separate Peace was heartbreakingly poignant when I read it in high school, but seems to have left no more than hazy, maudlin memory in my book brain. Knowles never became a favorite of mine.

So I don't know when I would have gotten around to reading my husband's high school copy of Indian Summer if it hadn't been for the Hotchpot Cafe's Birth Year Reading Challenge. 'Lo and behold, Indian Summer was published in 1966, the year of my birth. It is the first book I've come across on my TBR shelf that qualifies for this challenge, so now I am officially "in."


  1. Welcome (officially)! Glad to see this one fit into the challenge so neatly.

    Are you still thinking about Valley of the Dolls, too? It was quite earth-shattering for its time and probably worth reading for its historical value. I'd love to hear if you think it's aged well.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by Book Love! I'm so glad I found you here :) The Birth Year Reading Challenge is a great idea... I'm going to have to find some ideas to read in my year.


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