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“I can make out the pile of books on the floor across the dark room and I wonder if there’s a book in the pile with the answers I need. From the rafters above, I hear a fluttering, like wings beating wildly, of something trying to find a way out.” (Robin Gaines, Invincible Summers)
Invincible Summers by Robin Gaines is an inspiring read. Robin’s phrases are so thoughtfully crafted I could not put this book down. The novel takes you through 11 summers of Claudia’s life from age 6 to 23. Set in a middle class suburb outside of Detroit, Michigan starting in the 1963 to 1980.
The novel shows her coming of age during a time of assassinations, riots and the Vietnam War. Each chapter of her life is full of texture, insight and emotion.
What I enjoyed about this book with the voice of Claudia. The book starts with her at age 6 and through her voice you see the world through her eyes. The guilt a child carries is heart breaking and I saw echoes this as the summers passed. For me this story was about letting go and growing into the person she is.
There are very few books that I would read again but this book will become part of my summer indulgences.
This is Robin’s first novel. She is also an award winning journalist and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and anthologies.