Hickory Stick Bookshop Book Club

The Hickory Stick Bookshop Book Club's next meeting:

Monday, September 15th

We will be discussing

The Summer Book

by Tove Jansson


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In "The Summer Book" Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer--its sunlight and storms--into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia's grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. "On an island," thinks the grandmother, "everything is complete." In "The Summer Book," Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life.


“Tove Jansson was a genius. This is a marvelous, beautiful, wise novel, which is also very funny.” –Philip Pullman

"Few books since Robinson Crusoe have evoked the joys of island living so powerfully as this Finnish novella." –The Observer, PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK


Our book club is open to all and no registration is required, so please feel free to read the book and join in on the discussion!

Questions? Please call 860-868-0525. 


By Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal (Translator), Kathryn Davis (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590172681
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - May 20th, 2008

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