Bookheaper and I would like to host a group read of the Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden. Simon at Stuck in a Book has expressed an interest to join too. It would be wonderful if many of you can join in whether you've read the book in the past or have yet to read it.
"On and off, all that hot French August, we made ourselves ill from eating the greengages. Joss and I felt guilty; we were still at the age when we thought being greedy was a childish fault, and this gave our guilt a tinge of hopelessness because, up to then, we had believed that as we grew older our faults would disappear, and none of them did."
The Greengage Summer (1958) is set in a French countryside hotel, where five young children are virtually left alone after their mother is suddenly taken ill. What follows is a haunting summer where the children suddenly come of age. The story is told from the point of view of the second oldest child, thirteen-year-old Cecil. From the Evening Standard, "'An exciting tale, this novel has both charm and atmosphere, and Miss Godden recaptures with an easy unsentimental naturalness the unfocused vision of adolescence."
Rumer Godden is a British writer (1908-1998) who was awarded an OBE in 1993. She has published over 60 books both for adults and children. Her stories usually touch on her childhood spent in both India and Britain. Godden's novels are characterized by rich atmospheric description and vivid portrayals of children and their innermost thoughts, confusion and childhood disappointments.
This book seems to be out of print but it's readily available in libraries and there are second hand copies from various booksellers. For those who'd like to post their thoughts and reviews on the book, please post in the first week of January.