The Sound of Summer Voices Author:Helen Tucker In the tradition of "To Kill a Mockingbird," here is a southern novel that will charm millions as it makes its author's name known throughout America. — "It was at the beginning of the summer of his twelfth year that Patrick Quincannon Tolson reluctantly came to the conclusion that one of his aunts-either Athena or Beryl-was not his aunt at all b... more »ut his mother."
This is only the first of many "conclusions" that young Patrick comes to in the course of an extraordinary summer. Deciding that he has been lied to about his suppoedly dead mother, he begins-with the dedication of a super spy-to untangle the whole fabric of his life by the only means available to a boy growing up in a sheltered southern family: eavesdropping.
His search for the truth leads him to listen in secretively to the most private conversations of the people who make up his life; to hide in the back seat of the car when one aunt meets her boy friend; to search for pictures of his mother-none of which seem to exist. It also leads him to the cemetery in back of his house to dig away at the earth he has been told contains his mother's body.
Patrick's discovery, the steps leading up to it, and what he does with the truth once he finds it, make "The Sound of Summer Voices" a rare and beautiful reading experience of the kind we are allowed to have only once in a very long while. Remember the name of Patrick Quincannon Tolson, because once you eavesdrop with him, you'll forget he's a character in fiction and think of him as a memory of childhood and an unforgettable part of your own life.