Redwood Summer is a novel of San Jose, CA set in the year 1990. Haunted by loss, Jason looks back over the year and tries to understand how the charmed world of good times, parties, and a bright future he once knew came to an end. He then thinks back to the previous summer, and takes a deeper look at that time and subsequent important events in a long flashback as he tries to figure out how he got from there to here until he circles around to the late fall/early winter of the first chapter. He comes to an understanding, and is faced with a decision over which path to follow for the rest of his days.
Redwood Summer is a story of love, friendship, betrayal, making choices, letting go, finding your voice, and survival in an increasingly competitive society. And its events parallel the brief period of hopeful optimism between the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the first Persian Gulf War with its resulting abandonment of the peace dividend.
Finally, Redwood Summer is a love letter to my hometown, and a motivational affirmation to keep moving ahead in the face of resistance.
Following are the links to all 17 chapters as well as an opening short story.
The Hill, a short story prologue https://robertkirkendall.com/2014/10/17/the-hill/
Chapter 1 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/02/27/redwood-summer-part-i-chapter-1/
Chapter 2 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/03/18/redwood-summer-chapter-2/
Chapter 3 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/04/01/redwood-summer-chapter-3/
Chapter 4 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/05/06/redwood-summer-chapter-4/
Chapter 5 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/06/12/redwood-summer-chapter-5/
Chapter 6 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/07/15/redwood-summer-part-ii-chapter-6/
Chapter 7 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/08/18/redwood-summer-chapter-7/
Chapter 8 https://robertkirkendall.com/2016/11/26/redwood-summer-chapter-8/
Chapter 9 https://robertkirkendall.com/2017/01/14/redwood-summer-chapter-9/
Chapter 10 https://robertkirkendall.com/2017/03/09/redwood-summer-chapter-10/
Chapter 11 https://robertkirkendall.com/2017/04/19/redwood-summer-chapter-11/
Chapter 12 https://robertkirkendall.com/2017/05/31/redwood-summer-part-iii-chapter-12/
Chapter 13 https://robertkirkendall.com/2017/10/16/redwood-summer-chapter-13/
Chapter 14 https://robertkirkendall.com/2017/12/02/redwood-summer-chapter-14/
Chapter 15 https://robertkirkendall.com/2018/01/19/redwood-summer-chapter-15/
Chapter 16 https://robertkirkendall.com/2018/03/21/redwood-summer-chapter-16/
Chapter 17 https://robertkirkendall.com/2018/04/17/redwood-summer-chapter-17/