Book Description

My Father’s Summers – A Daughter’s Memoir, Henry Holt & Company, 2004.

Told in a series of eloquent prose poems, My Father’s Summers is Kathi Appelt’s memoir of coming-of-age in Houston, Texas. Without a wasted word, she recalls her faraway father, as he first disappears halfway across the world to work in Arabia and then simply across town – to begin a new life with another woman and her sons. There are unknown stepbrothers for Kathi and her sisters, a stepmother who drinks gin and tonic for breakfast, and a painful awareness of their mother’s loneliness.

By turns hearbreaking and achingly funny, through first kisses, best friends, accidental shootings, and all manner of pets, these poignant remembrances communicate the disappointment and the delight of growing up with a loving, imperfect family.