Indian Summer Author:John Knowles John Knowles, called by the New York Times "one of the ablest young American novelists to appear on the American literary horizon in years," has written a mojor novel about a young man without money in the world of the very rich. — Cleet Kinsolving returns from the Second World War with no prospects, few plans, and a deep and so far thwarted ambi... more »tion: to make the best of himself, to live lif on his own terms.
After an idyllic time workign around airplans in Kansas, Cleet is drawn, with deep reluctance, back to his hometown in Connecticut by an enromously rich and powerful family who have always magnetized everyone and everything around them. The Reardons live in ahuge Victorian mansion, High Farms, and it is there that the family power challenges Cleet. For the Reardons, led by their son and heir, Neil, have always succeeded in twisting those around them to their own purposes: Cleet himslef, Neil's wife, Georgia, bubbling over with the gaiety of riches she does not believe in; her sister lynn, terrifies of the Reardon's and her own awkwardness; their ne'er-do-well parents - willing, alcholic Ken and loud, warm hearter Genevieve - who come to HIgh Farms for the great annual ball wich is at the climax of the novel. Among the vast rooms and grounds of High Farms all these people struggle against a most common human deliemma: Tehy live their lives out of season, like actors performing last week's play in fromt of this week's sets. In his struggle against the Reardon world, Cleet stakes everythign e values on meeting the Reardon challange.
John Knowles has written a novel which affirms his position as one of our best American novelists.