Brooklyn, New York is where 12-year-old Joey Margolis, a precocious Jewish boy, is coming-of-age during the early 1940s. His love of baseball prompts him to write to Charlie Banks, the 3rd baseman of the New York Giants and asks him to "hit one out for him". This event is the beginning of their relationship.
WOW! Why isn't this book a bestseller? It was fantastic. Last Days of Summer is overflowing with something for everybody. The story is told in letters, newspaper articles, telegrams, report cards, etc. It contains an endearing story line, historical events, baseball, religion, Hollywood stars, politics, delightful characters, humor, and more! At one point, I laughed until I cried. I can't remember the last time that happened when reading a book. After witnessing that uncontrolled laughing fit, my husband eagerly said, "Hurry up and finish that, so I can read it." It was a pure joy.
Whether it was purposeful of not, the beginning kept me wondering what was true and what wasn't; therefore, it gets docked a quarter of a point. Even so, it's a top-notch, poignant novel. Now I'm on a quest to find other work by Kluger.
*Recommended By: The Surly Bookseller, Redux (no review)