Days of the Bagnold Summer is a story of a mother and his teenage son spending their summer together. How awkward could it be? Pretty much. Abandoned by the father many years ago, Sue and her son Daniel try to cope everyday with sullen silences and boredom.
While Sue is mostly a gentle mother, connecting with her taciturn son seems to be a daunting task that perplexes and saddens her. On his own, Daniel shrinks further back in his shell, his only friend being an oddball called Ky. The book presents the pain of the inability, the desperation of loneliness, the fondness of memories, and the regular life of disconnect. Over a tide of random moments, Daniel and Sue plow on, distancing and coming together at unexpected times. A beautiful read, a touch optimistic, just about right.