"Travel light and you can sing in the robber's face" was the best advice Summer Zwolenick ever received from her father, though she didn't recognize it at the time. Three years after the accident that ended her career as a ballerina, she is back in the familiar suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, teaching at a local high school. But it wasn't nostalgia that called Summer home. It wa...more
But the tears were worth it. I fell in love with the characters (oddly though, the one I felt the least tied to was the narrator...) and the subject matter was intense, but written about in such a way that I was compelled to not put the book down. AIDS is always a tragic su ...more
The protaganist, Summer, was competely unlikeable. For a book about tolerance, she was incredibly judgemental --- of her boss and co-workers, of her students, of her battered sister, of her dying concentration-camp-survivor ...more
As for the other comments that peo ...more
The book is about a family, the sister is the main character, has a live in boyfriend, she lives with her brother & his gay spouse. The brother is dying from Cancer, and is HIV positive. The brother Todd, is the hero of the sister and I enjoyed the story of the family until the author found i ...more
My main knock on the novel, is that there are so main characters you are introduced to. I found myself wanting t ...more
Each of the characters in this book is so well developed that you could ...more
From dust jacket:
"I woke and wondered if my brother was dead, gone before I could keep my promise...
Everything seems to be going wrong in Summer's life, ...more
This book broke my heart and made me cry over and over again.
I originally decided to pick up "Traveling Light" because I am an ex-dancer as well and I've spent a brief amount of time in the teaching arena (ESL in Japan). I took so many great life lessons away from this book. "Travel light so you can sing in the robbers face" aka, live so that you have no regrets and that you cannot be metaphorically robbed. "For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of al ...more
Summer's brother, Todd, is dying.
Sometimes it's hard to tell what a book is going to be like until you open the pages and start reading. The last book I read, The Tall Pine Polka, was a light, fun book but it took some time and commitment to finish. Alternatively, Katrina Kittle's first novel, Traveling Light, is an intense book dealing with some ve ...more
It was hard to read about the harsh realities of AIDS, of Todd's descent into death. Hard to read about the judgements and the anger characters inflict upon each other. These thin ...more
Bello bello bello. Non perfetto, ma verosimile, uno di quei libri che ti tengono incollata alle pagine per ...more
Although this book felt a little like reading something out of the 90s, I really enjoyed it in the end. Todd experiences many instances of discrimination and hatred throughout the book. Additionally, some characters exhibit a large degree of ignorance about gay people in general. At times this seemed ...more
I enjoyed most of the charactors, was a little frustrated with Summer at times. I liked Todd the most, especially hi ...more