Carol Carpenter, August 20, 2012 (view all comments by Carol Carpenter)
A beautiful book; a masterpiece. I have found that, as a general rule, writers who are best known for short stories write good novels, but not great ones. A Summons to Memphis is certainly an exception. As Peter Taylor is one of the best short story writers in the world, you wouldn't expect that he could sustain that fine observational skill that creates such wonderful stories over the course of a novel, but he does. While perhaps the novel seems repetitive to some, I would say it is necessarily meditative--a word that is often overused in describing fiction, but which fits here.
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kati.stevens, May 15, 2010 (view all comments by kati.stevens)
One would imagine this brief Pulitzer-winning book about the consequences of parents meddling in their children's love lives would be more dramatic. Instead, the novel depicts a realistic portrait of a Tennessee family that neither shocks or attempts to bowl the reader over with great, forced emotion. While the redundancies that riddle the first half of the book may be argued a stylistic choice, they can be a bit aggravating.
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