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Last Summer Boys: A Novel by [Bill Rivers]

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I always know a novel is special when I can recommend it to someone else before I’ve even finished reading it myself—especially when that person is my husband, a devout reader of nonfiction. But there have been a few heartwarming coming-of-age stories he’s loved, such as This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger and Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing. And not even halfway through Bill Rivers’s delightful debut, I suspected I’d found another fiction winner even my husband could enjoy.

Last Summer Boys is an uplifting story about the strength of family and friendship, about first loves and the precious final days of adolescence lived in the glow of firefly light. It is set over the course of one adventurous and life-altering summer. As Jack’s oldest brother, Pete, nears his eighteenth birthday (and eligibility for the Vietnam draft), Jack overhears someone complaining that famous boys don’t get drafted, and in his youthful naivety, he takes the statement at face value. So begins his epic plan to save his brother. But when Jack’s family home is threatened by developers and other dangers unseen, the mission shifts to saving not only Pete but his entire family.

People always say growing up is never easy, and while that may very well be true for our dear Jack, the optimism and courage with which he faces life’s challenges is heartening and inspirational. His story is so universal and charming that I have no doubt my husband will soon be adding
Last Summer Boys to his list of favorite novels. And if you choose to join Jack over his final days of innocence, I imagine there’s a good chance you will be too.

—Alicia Clancy, Editor

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Bill Rivers grew up along the creeks of the Brandywine Valley in Delaware and Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Delaware, he earned an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania as a Truman Scholar, one of sixty national awards given annually for a career in public service. Bill worked in the US Senate before serving as speechwriter for US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, developing classified and unclassified messages on national security and traveling throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. He and his family live outside Washington, DC, where he still keeps a piece of a crashed fighter jet they found in the hills of southeastern Pennsylvania.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09KXD3SXY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing (1 June 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3319 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 285 pages
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Bill Rivers grew up along the creeks of the Brandywine Valley in Delaware and Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Delaware, he earned an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania as a Truman Scholar, one of sixty national awards given annually for a career in public service. Bill worked in the US Senate before serving as speechwriter for US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, developing classified and unclassified messages on national security and traveling throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. He and his family live outside Washington, DC, where he still keeps a piece of a crashed fighter jet they found in the hills of southeastern Pennsylvania.

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