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Author: Thomas Matthews
Publisher:Lulu Press,2003
This novel is a story wrapped within emotion. From the depths of depression to the heights of happiness, it takes one on a journey not soon to be forgotten.

What would you do were the source of joy in your life ripped from yours arms? And how would you react if that source was then taken again, farther away? Summer Pine is a story told from the viewpoint of Devon van Deventer, a now forty year old man, who at the age of twenty-five had such a source removed from his life. Recalling the past events, inspired by the demands of "the Words", Devon begins to relive his past, to recall those moments of joy, for reasons only the Words understand. They take him back to when he shared his life with Chase Willows, a troubled boy who was introduced to Devon shortly after his parents died, and they awaken a need in Devon to remember the true nature of the relationship between them, and the profound and righteous love a man and a boy can share. While Devon travels back to his past, and breathes again the events of a time seemingly ancient in nature, Keagan Carstens, a six year old boy whose arrival seems to conspire with the Words to bring Devon toward closure, begins an insistent meddling into the embittered manīs world.

Through the innocent nature of Keaganīs strange determination, and the similarities Devon draws between this new boy and Chase, Devon begins closing the book of his unjust past to make way for a promised future of resolution. Little by little, Keagan unknowingly coerces the mourning man to once again engage in the present, and allow his past its rest

Summer Pine is not a story about a man. Summer Pine is a story comprised of the thoughts of a man as he remembers the past, and lives the present. Written in a manner reflecting the thoughts and emotional progression of Devon himself, as well as those of the two boys, the novel transcends the usual works of literary fiction by submerging the reader into the deepest revelation of a characterīs inner mind and soul. As Devon advances, so too does the written work. The novel is Devonīs mind and soul in their purest potency of truth, revealing events as though they have just occurred. This is not a straight-forward and bland story. It is a complex conundrum of opposites, sounding out the very voice of Devon himself. Remarkably achieved by the skill of the author, the sanctum of Devonīs internal monologue is exposed in its entirety to tell of the love between man and boy, the destitution following their separation, and the slow rebirth of a promising hope and a longing dream for a brighter tomorrow.

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