My debut novel JANE IN BLOOM is set during Jane's 12th year and the summer months are a backdrop for her recovery after the loss of her beloved older sister. The freedom of summer gives her a chance to grieve and then to heal.
First days of summer -
"When I wake up at noon, I don't bother to get dressed. I fill a mixing bowl with every kind of cereal. Frosted Mini-Wheats, Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Special K, and some kind of organic whole wheat diet cereal of Mom's. I pour a layer of sugar over the whole thing and drown it in milk. I take my trough into the TV room and settle into my new favorite spot. For I have found something to occupy my summer days--soap operas. I used to hate them with a vengeance, but things are different now. I'm different now. I feel better about my own life when I'm watching other people's lives fall apart. Even if I know it's all fictional." (Jane in Bloom, page 84-85)
Last days of summer -
"We drive home in the late afternoon, and I watch the sun set outside my window. The ocean turns pink and gold. Surfers ride the waves in to shore. Dogs run on the sand. Children splash in the water. I smile at Dad. And he smiles back. Kona crawls into the front seat and lies down in my lap. I am happy." (Jane in Bloom, page 162)