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Dusk and Summer by [Pinto, Joseph]
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Does Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.

When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.

"A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father. A story that will warm your heart."
--Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of The Ditchdigger's Daughters

The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3579 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615974651
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sirens Call Publications; Second edition (29 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK! NOW! 6 November 2016
By Sheri Enriquez - Published on
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The statistic's of the survival rate of this disease is appalling and more should be done...The opening paragraph of this poignant novella sets the tone for a masterful weaving of fact and fiction...a son who is crushed by the lack of his ability to help his dying father...a father who had always been strong, dependable and honorable...and the unfairness of a disease that took that away so completely!...I was curious as I continued to read Joseph's story, on how it would never got a glimpse of the ending until you were there! ...and then you understand fully the reason of his father's request and the journey Joseph went on to fulfill that...please buy the book and help in anyway you can...those who suffer from this terrible disease...thank you Joseph!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Myth 3 August 2014
By Aniko Carmean - Published on
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There are two types of coming of age stories. The common one, with which we are all familiar, examines the psychological and emotional landscape of a boy becoming a man. The less common concerns the next great leap, a transition for which we have no name, but which happens when our parents pass away and we are left to understand a world in which we are the elders, the guardians, the guides. DUSK AND SUMMER, a novella by Joseph Pinto, is of the latter type.

In the forward, Pinto reveals that he lost his father to the ravages of pancreatic cancer. DUSK AND SUMMER is Pinto's tribute to the man who loved, raised, and inspired him. It is a beautiful elegy that transcends the personal nature of the content to reveal something essential about life: DUSK AND SUMMER shows us the unselfish nature of love. Love, in Pinto's narrative, is about shared moments as much as it is about knowing when to let go, and intuiting the wholeness that only death can restore. Eons ago, Epictetus advised "never say about anything, I have lost it, but say I have restored it." People of faith have ritual and community to guide them to acceptance. If there is a hereafter, then Omega is Alpha, and the only reason we cannot recognize that in the same dry, factual way in which we recognize the elements in the periodic table is because we are limited - locked into - our Now, our Here. The challenge of discovering faith in a "beyond" is the hallmark of this second, nameless coming of age. DUSK AND SUMMER is the story of moving to the acceptance that what is lost, who is lost, is restored to wholeness in a way we cannot rationalize, touch, or mentally conceive.

***Spoiler Alert! Some plot points are revealed in the next paragraph, but the true magic of the myth is preserved. You'll love the way Pinto brings it all together, so get the book!***

Pinto presents his theory of this transition as a myth. Myth is the most natural means humans have to absorb ideas that exist outside of reason. DUSK AND SUMMER leads the protagonist, an intentionally unnamed Everyman, on a mystical journey from the symbolically laden memories of the Tolten, a sunken ship, to the concrete locale of 141 Sea Cargo Drive. His dying father sent him there, with instructions to do what must be done. A woman of otherworldly beauty meets him on the beach. The protagonist understands, with a soul-shock, that he is tasked with helping her guide his father's soul to the other side. Initially, he fights the idea of his father's departure. This is the vestige of the child in him, crying and gripping his father's trouser leg. It is this sentimental attachment that must give way to unselfish acceptance in the second coming of age. His father gave him everything he needs to enter the second stage of adulthood, and to honor all his father gave, the son must let go. The son fully takes on the strength which was in the father, and uses it to carry his father across the threshold to a new life. The end of a life, and of DUSK AND SUMMER, is bittersweet. The myth is completed, and the narrator arrives in the next phase of his maturity. DUSK AND SUMMER is a beautiful tribute, and a salve for all psyches battered by the loss of a beloved parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Read.... 18 November 2016
By Diana Matisz - Published on
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I haven't know Joseph Pinto for very long and I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I discovered that it's a lovely reminder that no matter what genre a writer is best known for, one can always write 'outside the box', when moved to do so. Joseph's dedication to the memory of his father and his steadfast determination to glean something inspiring from his death is beautiful. In this book the difficult journey from life to death, and that of securing answers to questions that haunt this journey, becomes a peaceful one of love and honor. We should all be so fortunate to have someone who loves us as much as Joseph loves his father.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant account of loss and acceptance 9 May 2014
By MariaM - Published on
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Parents are a child’s lifelines. Even when it grows into its own skin, defying their role in its life, they remain vital points of reference; a mainstay. Losing a parent can make even a strong grown man lose his bearings. If it’s the father a son loses, and the loss is untimely and unjust, the immeasurable pain makes the path to acceptance difficult to find and even more difficult to tread.

This uphill trudge is presented here by Joseph A. Pinto who lost his father to pancreatic cancer. A “tough son-of-a-gun,” a seemingly indomitable presence in the author’s life. It is an emotional account; raw and harrowing. But it is also a magical road trip with soul-lifting pit stops that miraculously guide the traveler—otherwise completely lost and deeply wounded—to a glorious destination, known only to his father, pointed to by bits and pieces that he could have easily dismissed as just incoherent ramblings of a dying man. Thankfully, he didn’t.

The writing is excellent and delivers in a unique albeit heart-rending way. Known for his unique horror-writing prose, Joseph seamlessly presents his experience through some of the strongest, most poignant similes I’ve ever encountered in a book.

Even though the subject is sensitive and painful, I highly recommend this book because the endnote is essentially optimistic, and it once more proves that although life is perishable, true love never is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale off loss and a tribute to love. 23 November 2016
By Tammy Peters - Published on
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This book tells of the unspoken love and bond between a father and son who journey toward understanding that human limitations don't govern the power of the human spirit. More than just a beautiful story, this book contains a message about the merciless beast that is pancreatic cancer and the author's dedication to spread awareness for a cure. There are many ways to honor the passing of a parent, but I can think of few others who have done it in such a touching and poignant way as Joseph A. Pinto.

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