Redwood Summer is a novel of San Jose, CA set in the year 1990. The story begins during the fall/winter of that year. Jason, the main character, is haunted by a sense of loss as he looks back over the previous few months, and tries to understand how the charmed world he once knew came to an end. Jason revisits the year’s life changing events in a long flashback until he comes full circle to where he’s at in the first chapter, and arrives at a crossroads where he must decide which path to follow.
Redwood Summer is a story of love, friendship, betrayal, difficult choices, and survival in an increasingly competitive society. And it takes place during 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.
Lastly, 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/