Redwood Summer is a novel of San Jose, California set in the year 1990. Haunted by loss as winter approaches, Jason can’t understand how the charmed world of good times, parties, and a bright future he once knew suddenly came to an end. He then thinks back to the previous summer, and takes a deeper look at that pivotal time and all following key events in an extended flashback. As he struggles to figure out how he got from there to here and if he can reclaim the happiness he once knew, he discovers the cause for his sense of loss. And by the time he circles around to where’s he at in the first chapter, he and is faced with an important 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/