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Last Days of Summer

About the Book

Last Days of Summer

Laced with nostalgia reminiscent of baseball's legends, Last Days of Summer is a story filled with emotion and leavened with humor about the small triumphs people can achieve by finding ways to connect with others.

Told in letters, notes, report cars, matchbook covers, postcards and telegrams, Last Days of Summer tells of the evolving relationship between two unlikely friends and an even more unlikely role model. A Jewish boy growing up in a tough Italian neighborhood, Joey Margolis lives with his mom and his elderly Aunt Carrie. Added to the regular beatings from neighborhood kids and other burdens weighing upon his young shoulders, he's troubled by Hitler's rising power, his parents' divorce, and an absent father who repeatedly lets him down. Craving a surrogate dad, Joey strikes up a correspondence with Charlie Banks, the third baseman for the New York Giants. That he does so by dint of persistently nagging Charlie sets the tone not just for their ongoing correspondence but for a relationship that will change both their lives forever.

Last Days of Summer
by Steve Kluger

  • Publication Date: June 1, 1998
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • ISBN-10: 0380976455
  • ISBN-13: 9780380976454