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by Roxana Robinson

eBook Summer Light epub
  • ISBN: 0460047418
  • Author: Roxana Robinson
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; 1st edition (June 25, 1987)
  • Pages: 156 pages
  • ePUB size: 1198 kb
  • FB2 size 1438 kb
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Roxana Robinson is the author of ten books - six novels, three collections of short stories, and the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Roxana Robinson is the author of ten books - six novels, three collections of short stories, and the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. Praise for Dawson’s Fall.

Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels, three story collections, and the . Four of these were New York Times Notable Books. Robinson was born in Kentucky, but grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels, three story collections, and the biography of Georgia O'Keeffe. She attended Bennington College and graduated from the University of Michigan.

A Maine vacation forces a young woman to challenge her own understanding of the world in a sharply insightful first novel.

Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: three collections of short stories, "A Glimpse of Scarlet," "Asking for Love" and "A Perfect Stranger; five novels, "Summer Light, "This is My Daughter, "Sweetwater," "Cost" and "Sparta

Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: three collections of short stories, "A Glimpse of Scarlet," "Asking for Love" and "A Perfect Stranger; five novels, "Summer Light, "This is My Daughter, "Sweetwater," "Cost" and "Sparta. She is also the author of the biography, "Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life.

Roxana Robinson (born 30 November 1946) is an American novelist and biographer whose fiction explores the complexity of familial bonds and fault lines. She is best known for her 2008 novel, Cost, which was named one of the Five Best Novels of the Year by The Washington Post. She is also the author of Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life, and has written widely on American art and issues pertaining to ecology and the environment.

In her first novel, we meet Laura, a 29-year-old wife, mother, sister, friend, lover, and erstwhile photographer whose life is painfully out of focus.

In her first vel, we meet Laura, a 29-year-old wife, mother, sister, friend, lover, and erstwhile photographer whose life is painfully out of focus

Roxana Robinson's great gift for the telling detail and strong sense of the emotional shoals lurking just beneath . Laura is as much a study of light and shadow as the photographs she takes. Beautiful but insecure, talented but unwilling to take risks, loved but unable to make a commitment, she is paralyzed by fear and locked into a stasis that Ward is no longer willing to accept.

Roxana Robinson's great gift for the telling detail and strong sense of the emotional shoals lurking just beneath even the calmest surface have inspired comparisons to literary greats like John Cheever, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. In her first novel, we meet Laura, a 29-year-old wife, mother, sister, friend, lover, and erstwhile photographer whose life is painfully out of focus. A month's vacation on the Maine coast with her son, her lover, Ward, and her sister's family is supposed to be an idyllic period of sustenance and calm, but for Laura, who believes that "entropy governed the world, the universe, and the dinner hour," it turns into the ultimate test of her ability to trust herself and others.With trademark intensity and a deft touch for character and place, Robinson creates a perceptive, believable, and gently humorous portrait of an individual "waiting for something that would set her life in order." Laura is as much a study of light and shadow as the photographs she takes. Beautiful but insecure, talented but unwilling to take risks, loved but unable to make a commitment, she is paralyzed by fear and locked into a stasis that Ward is no longer willing to accept. "You don't dare take a stand on anything," he tells her. "You're so terrified of failure you don't dare do anything." When her estranged husband arrives for a weekend visit, however, the emotional collision rocks Laura's inaction, causing a tiny shake of the kaleidoscope that creates a vastly different pattern. The image is razor sharp at last: "As though she were changing lenses, as though she had suddenly discovered another light source," she sees that her life is her own. That new understanding empowers her to make a symbolic -- and a literal -- leap of faith that saves her own life and the lives of those she loves.
Comments: (7)
Fearlessdweller
Roxana Robinson has become one of my favorite authors. She writes with exquisite style and her characters are really believable. Her novels focus on families in crisis situations, usually as the result of divorces and second marriages. She writes especially well on the subject of children traumatized by divorce. In both this book and This Is My Daughter, this leads to a shocking ending. It's interesting to speculate what will happen to the characters here. The main character, Laura, does a lot of growing during this summer and learns to see things from others' point of view. This book is so well constructed, there are no unnecessary scenes or characters. The author is really gifted and I would highly recommend any of her novels.
lets go baby
Ms. Robinson has a gift for portraying the inner lives of ordinary people. She has tremendous insight.
Mogelv
It is summer in England. Sisters, Laura and Sarah, decide to go on a summer holiday together. Sarah takes her two children; Laura takes her son and her man friend.

Laura's man friend's head rules his heart; "she knew he believed that logic supported the world". He was amazingly similar to her ex-husband. Remembering her ex-husband, she once said to him, "if I were any other woman in the whole world, lying here, you'd want to make love to me." He replied, "I guess you're right," and continued reading.

Laura realized that she was destined to be with men without feelings and unemotional assurances: "she spent her life listening to men who told her that things would work when she knew that they would not - her vacuum cleaner, her carburetor, her marriage."

Laura and Sarah lament together. Their entire summer holiday is spent looking back at their past - their past relationships and their past jobs. Laura was a free-lance photographer but hadn't worked for a long while. She blames her "fear of failure" as the reason for not starting anything of consequence.

It is Laura's son, Sammy, who makes the two women realize that it was a holiday wasted, when he beckons the two into the waters of the ocean. They politely refuse, giving reasons of past experiences that were none too pleasant (the water was wretchedly cold; one caught a chill; and the other nearly drowned). As Sammy runs toward the in-coming tide, he looks back and tells them he is running towards the future. Laughing, he says, "You two are always so miserable. I'm going into the ocean, towards the future, no matter what it will be like. I will swim towards happiness".

Martina Nicolls, Author of "The Sudan Curse" and "Kashmir on a Knife-Edge"
Butius
Robinson is a fine writer, with a spare, edgy style, and tells a good story. Two sisters and their husbands, lovers, and children share the rental of a Maine beach cottage and get to know each other better...or worse. The main character, an aimless, about-to-be-divorced photographer with a small son, lives with and off her lover, a tense and unlikable lawyer. Her sister married the man she saw ---and fell in love with first--- when she was a teenager. The sisters' relationship is strained (do they really know each other?), but the end of the summer offers hope for a new understanding. The sister's husband is affable, but the main character's lover is problematic. He wants to marry her, and she seems to come around to accepting, but can it be anything but a mistake? Open-ended, almost-tragic climax resolves little of the tensions between the protagonists, though, and leaves the reader hanging and wondering what's next.
Quellik
It has one good portion then quickly turned bad.
Gaudiker
The novel has a premise that every reader can relate to, such as struggling relationships and internal struggles with shortcomings. The setting description is beautifully done and leaves one with a feeling of homesickness for places never visited before. The description of the New England coast is charming and absorbing
Xisyaco
A realistic story, charming and enjoyable light reading, but lacking something. I was quite disappointed.
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