Fashion Book: The Summer Book
I took a break from 2666 to read a couple of books I took out from the library last month. One of these was The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, a Swedish writer best known for her children’s series, The Moomin Books. What most people don’t realize is that Jansson was also a gifted novelist, putting out several works for adults, reissued by the New York Review of Books a few years ago. Jansson was brought to my attention from an article I read online somewhere last fall, I now don’t remember where, but it sparked my attention so much that I went out hunting for the book in bookstores, to no avail. I was finally able to put it on hold through the NYPL system and got it in April.
It’s a quick, short read, and it’s just as lovely as the title would suggest. The book follows a young girl named Sophia, who lives on a remote Finnish island with her father and grandmother. The book details the world of the island–it’s vegetation, the summer sky, the local characters, and the quiet routines. Despite the solitude of their lives on the island, both Sophia and her grandmother rely on each other, and find peace in small things, like taking care of the island’s various plants, or lighting fireworks on a holiday. Sophia is a bit of a rambunctious young girl and her grandmother is a feisty woman, so they make a funny pair, and I found myself laughing out loud at several points. The quiet simplicity of island life is translated into the prose, and was like a book vacation, a haven from the heavy complexity of the other books I’ve read lately. I would recommend it, especially if you’re on the beach this summer.
For the fashion book, instead of focusing on the six-year-old Sophia, or the elderly grandmother, I decided to put together an affordable and fun outfit for summer island lounging. What’s your ideal beach read?
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