“The Summer of 61” was the title of a song sung by the "Boss" himself, Bruce Springstein. Now it is the title of a book written by an author in the Blue Bayou Country of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
If you want a murder mystery don't read this book. However, if you like the mysteries of life this is the book for you. Did Skeeter ever marry his childhood sweetheart?
This is a true to life love story not only between friends and family but of the love of life itself. The “Summer of 61” is just that, a summer in a boys life. A summer filled with the dreams, the hopes, and all the anticipations of a young lad envisioning his future. It is also a reflection, under those marshmallow skies of Louisiana through kaleidoscope eyes of an earlier life.
The novel is stimulating, interesting, mixture of fact and fiction about dreams that never did quiet make it to reality. To me it was also a self-help book. It will make you snicker, bring a tear to your eye, and perhaps a wake-up call to reality. Reading this book gave me the opportunity to know the author just a little bit better. It also made me realize that today my dreams in life have changed. Where once I dreamed of becoming an award winning Journalist, today I dream of making a 2,000-mile trip to throw my arms around my son's neck and to make some memories with my grandchildren.
I don’t live in Louisiana. I live in Canada. The book shows that no matter who we are or where we live, we are so similar and so are our needs. The novel is about family, love, life, and dreams. You can’t read “The Summer of 61” without being changed.
Linda Shirley- Canada
G. Artie Whitlow fishes and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife, Catherine, and daughter, Heather. This is his first book. He appreciates your comments. Contact Artie at:
G. Artie Whitlow 228 Linda Ave Baton Rouge, La 70806