In another era, this novella would be called a bathroom book. The sections are short enough to finish in a sitting. (Pun intended.)
It is a series of events concerning three other world visitors. Well, not really visitors. More like tourists. People from Europe who’ve used RosettaStone for two weeks and know the words, but not the subtle idioms and slang of the West Coast.
The inhabitants of the very small coastal town of Seaview are colorful. The visitors affect the locals in a most unusual manner.
The style is not classical. Descriptions do not appear in clumps. More in dribbles and bits which are refreshing and don’t overload the reader with a huge info-dump.
The dialogue of this first person narrative smoothly carries the story forward. The aliens coming to a sleepy west coast town did not come to conquer or destroy. Rather, their goal was to give and take.
In short ~ “Summer of the Flying Sauce,” is a good read and worth buying.
by Robert Emmett
When I was kid, living in Europe, the only way for me to survive childhood was immersing myself in novels that took me far, faraway, in lands I didn’t know, where people ate food I could only dream of. Now that I live in North America, I don’t need to escape anymore, yet the first chapters of Murray Suid’s novella revived the same fond memories. I plunged into the world of a mythical America, with it’s diner, whacky gramps, tough father, the longing for fantasy, the aching pleasure of a first love, and the dream of leaving your hometown in search of new horizons.
The incursion of a smart phone brought me back to the now, so did the evolution of the feuding families. I was quite taken by the surprise end twist.
In conclusion, for those young people who still feed their imagination with stories and myth this could be a fun addition to their education. Its lesson could make a good subject for analysis in class.
by Babak Kaboli & Annie Macdonald