Summer of '42 Author:Herman Raucher "They called themselves the Terrible Trio but for no real reason known to man, mostly to just bolster their own egos, to sort of establish themselves on the planet. And they lay there on the dune over which the old house stood-Beau, John, and Digby Geste, Devils of the Desert, steel in their hearts and sand in their Jockey shorts." (And Hermie, ... more »aged fifteen, was desperately, fiercely in love.)"The house was her house. And nothing, from the first moment Hermie saw her, and no one who had happened to him since, had ever been as frightening and as confusing or could have done more to make him feel more sure, more insecure, more important and less significant." (She was beautiful beyond all dreams-and married.)
It is difficult to convey the power and beauty, humor and poignancy of this story. Mr. Raucher's talents as a storyteller and humorist are formidable. He knows the mind and psyche of boys-American boys-and he may very well have written a novel in the rare genre of Huck Finn and Penrod and even, perhaps, Young Lonigan.
This delightful American novel about three unforgettable boys and their last moments of innocence one summer of 1942 will bring laughter and tears to every reader.« less