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 life he once knew suddenly came to an end. His memories then turn back to summer, and he takes a deeper look at the last six months of his life in an extended flashback. He struggles to figure out how he went from a carefree world of parties, good times, and an optimistic future to a depleted, hopeless present, wonders if he can reclaim the happiness he once knew, and discovers the cause of his loss. In the end he circles around to where’s he at in the first chapter, is a bit wiser for the experience, and must decide 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. And finally, Redwood Summer is a tribute to my hometown.
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/