I've read quite a bit since the 48HBC - some good, some not so good. Have not been moved to share or comment on any of them until now, when I find myself honor-bound to throw a spotlight on my favorite book of Summer 2008:
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger.
This is one of those books that you read straight through and then wish like anything that you'd made yourself slow down so that it would have lasted longer.
It's also one of those books that are tough to describe succinctly.
It's about friendship and love and support and becoming what you were meant to be. It's about families and relationships and good humor and disappointment and sorrow. It's about opening your life to other hearts, other lives, other possibilities. It's about making a stand for something that matters, and for believing in something, and for doing whatever is within your power to make something better or make something whole and right again - even if it's for someone or something that does not directly affect you. It's about the flow of life between generations, nationalities, disabilities and sexual preferences. It's funny, heartwarming and stylistically entertaining. And yes, as promised on the cover, it is also about Love, Fenway Park and Mary Poppins --- but in wonderful twisty ways that are surprising, endearing and memorable.
I finished this at 3 AM Sunday morning and immediately ordered a copy for my bookshelf (it is definitely a keeper and a read-againer) and emailed Steve Kluger about my reaction to his novel. Cool soul that he is, he replied the same day.
Do not miss this one.