Someone Like Summer by M. E. Kerr

By M. E. Kerr

Annabel first sees him enjoying football close to her condo. His identify is Esteban—she sees it at the again of his crew blouse. He notices her, smiles, then appears again over his shoulder at her back. it's the starting of summer season within the hotel city of Seaview. it's also the beginning of a romance among a tender Colombian who got here to city to paintings and the daughter of an area contractor whose crews are fullyyt Latino—new immigrants who're altering the face of Seaview. this is often the summer season of warfare in Iraq, and of storm Katrina. yet in Seaview there are different matters. In Annabel's condominium her new boyfriend is on the best of the record. And Esteban's sister has harsh phrases for his selection of a female friend. M. E. Kerr weaves a compelling tale of star-crossed love and a small-town challenge of national importance.

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Just for example, Annabel, I never looked at trees before. I never looked at the ocean. ” On the phone Kenyon complained about the war in Iraq, Bush, the subjects he had to softpedal around Dad. I told him Dad was changing—maybe not about those things, but he did have a woman who thought the way we did. ” We talked about the idea that men who were in good, long marriages often 31 remarried quicker than men who weren’t. Now, after four years, Dad was sounding like he’d found someone. I think both Kenyon and I were delighted.

Would you like a drink, Larkin? ” “Oh no, thank you. ” So much for the bottle of French Champagne my father had put in the refrigerator a week ago. Larkin handed me a tape. Backstage at the Kirov. “This is a documentary about Leningrad’s Kirov ballet. I’m a balletomane. ” “Whatever” was all I could say. I’d never heard the word before, but it was easy to figure out what it meant. The idea of my father saying he was a balletomane boggled the mind. Ballet? Dad? ” Larkin asked. “No. I think my boyfriend, Esteban, is coming 50 by soon.

I knew what he meant. We would never control ourselves if we didn’t stop as soon as he found the words. It was not the time, not the place, but in all honesty those were the only things that made me agree with him. I was shaking when I stood up, trembling all the way across the room to the light switch. Even my voice sounded like someone else’s when I managed to say, “I’ll light candles for us. ” I was looking for matches when I heard Esteban exclaim, “Condenación! ” “What? ” Esteban was sitting up on the couch, staring at the ceiling.

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