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Summer Rain

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Summer Rain is a coming-of-age story about Death Metal, computer geeks, and life in the Midwest in the early '90s.

John Conner has lost his girlfriend, his job, a scholarship, and has been kicked out of college. Instead of retreating back to his parents' basement and a life of mediocrity and factory labor, he decides to stay the summer in the college town of Bloomington, In

Paperback, 660 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Writers Club Press
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Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Being familiar with Konrath's writing, this book was really a surprise for me. It has nothing of the bizarro craziness that I've come to associate with Konrath. But, don't take that to mean that I didn't like the book. The reverse is actually the case. It just seems strange that it was written by the same author. Really, it demonstrates that Konrath has a much greater range than I'd previously understood. I mean, this is realism...well written, emotional, character-driven realism. I've never see ...more
Dec 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: hoosiers, nostalgic 30-somethings
Shelves: by-me
Every writer writes a self-important first novel based on the most memorable era of their lives. Many of those writers are fortunate enough to throw their only copy of the manuscript in a fireplace and then get to work on a better book. I decided instead to self-publish mine.

The main character of the book is really the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. It worked for Breaking Away, so what the hell. I spent far too long trying to break up the book into three books with different aims,
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Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nice glimpse back at the weird people I met when I was in Bloomington. I always loved my computer geeks, and this book recounts the VAX culture that encircled campus during those early 90's years at IU... and before the internet. Of course, some recognition for the CREATOR of the fountain gathering (Me) should have been noted in the inscriptions, but I will let that one slide. Love Jon and his peculiar views on life. Check him out!
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Jon Konrath has written and published a dozen or so books, including Summer Rain and Rumored to Exist. He is the principal of Paragraph Line Books and editor of the literary journal Paragraph Line (, and written for many other zines and publications. He is also an inventor, computer programmer, and amateur x-ray technician. He lives in Oakland, and has bought 40 acres of land in ...more
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