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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Coyote Summer by J.S. Kapchinske is a beautifully written tale of a young boy and his grandfather learning to know one another after the boy’s father – the grandfather’s son – was killed by a drunk driver. I suppose this is what is called a “coming of age” story, throughout which Kapchinske wove several sub-plots into a rich tapestry of prosaic enchantment. Young Heath Jenkins hiked the short distance from his grandfather’s house to the river on which his father used to take him fishing, when he heard a girl singing quietly across the river. Crossing on a series of boulders, Heath found Annie in a cave, where she was singing to four orphaned coyote pups. The chemistry between the two was tempestuous at first, but soon grew to a closeness fostered by a grief they shared.
Coyote Summer is a rare tale; it made my eyes start leaking several times. Maybe it’s my meds, but I think not. This really was an outstanding story, and Kapchinske painted a brilliant setting in which it would unfold. The character development was astounding, and the raw emotion of the several main characters was breathtakingly realistic. I honestly cannot think of words adequate to convey the utter beauty of this story. The writing was succinct, poignant, and precise. The emotional entanglements reached out of the book and grabbed me, pulling me into the story as a “fly on the wall” and shaping my own emotions to those of the characters. This is a story that would be best read either near a pool or a beach, so you can jump in the water to hide your tears. Or, you could read it when you know you will be alone for the duration, free of disturbance. Regardless of where you read it, you must read it. It is one story you will not forget soon.