Summer of the Cicadas

Summer of the Cicadas After attempting the unthinkable the summer before a fragile Viola Moon escapes south to a small black college determined to leave her summer stay at a mental health center behind But once Vi is unc

  • Title: Summer of the Cicadas
  • Author: Cole Lavalais
  • ISBN: 9780996139
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • After attempting the unthinkable the summer before, a fragile Viola Moon escapes south to a small black college, determined to leave her summer stay at a mental health center behind But once Vi is uncomfortably situated on AM s campus, a family mystery begins to erupt in unlikely ways, and the mental stability she imagined begins to dissipate Vi becomes convinced thAfter attempting the unthinkable the summer before, a fragile Viola Moon escapes south to a small black college, determined to leave her summer stay at a mental health center behind But once Vi is uncomfortably situated on AM s campus, a family mystery begins to erupt in unlikely ways, and the mental stability she imagined begins to dissipate Vi becomes convinced the only way to fully regain her sanity is to pursue a relationship with Perry, the only son of a black southern elite family, who is just as precariously positioned in his own ancestral angst Vi s struggle to find her place at AM and alongside Perry leads to an obsessive search for the father she can neither clearly remember nor completely forget.Bounded by place and unrecoverable history, Summer of the Cicadas is a haunting tale of one woman s search for home and healing.

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    About "Cole Lavalais"

    1. Cole Lavalais

      Cole Lavalais writes fiction Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland, Tidal Basin Review, Aquarius Press, and others She has been awarded writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Black Fiction, VONA, and the Callaloo Writing workshops She holds an M.F.A from Chicago State University and a Ph D from University of Illinois at Chicago She has taught writing for over ten years and currently teaches community based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago She also hosts Colored People s Time, a bimonthly literary salon featuring fiction writers of color.

    741 thoughts on “Summer of the Cicadas”

    1. I don’t know what I just read. Like I’m really confused on what was real, imagined, history or present day.




    2. I did not like this book at all. Not the characters or story. It was very tedious to make it all the way through.


    3. As Cole gifts us with her protagonist Viola Moon, we are treated to an hauntingly drawn heroine who in her struggles, bears striking resemblance to the selves of our own memories. A lovely read


    4. There are not many books that tell the story of a main character going through life with a mental illness. This book does just that, and I don't have enough words to explain how powerful so many scenes in this book are. The book is heavy- it will make you feel as Viola does in so many moments, and often times you will want to cry and tear you insides out. It is so beautifully written. Cole Lavalais is an amazing writer.


    5. OMG, so good. The story of an empathetic girl who navigates a world where her talents are not recognized or appreciated, the world that most of us inhabit every day. I could not get out of Vi's head space once I started reading and I could not stop reading until I got to the very end.


    6. What an absolutely haunting and thought-provoking book. Lavalais moves us through Viola's coming of age (and struggles with reality) in a beautiful, dreamlike way. My only issue was the number of typos/errors not caught by the editor.



    7. This book is amazing. Vi is such an interesting character who is trying to understand her present while absorbing the past of others. Truly a work of art



    8. This is the kind of book that stays with you. Not many writers tackle the subject of mental illness from a young Black woman's perspective (The only book I can recall is 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell). But Cole Lavalais has done something so beautiful in her hauntingly stunning debut novel Summer of the Cicadas, which is why I couldn't put it down. I cried and was heartbroken for Vi and screamed at her, too. Because that's what we do when someone we know has a mental illness. It's somethin [...]


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