The Eleventh Summer
About the book…
The Eleventh Summer is a moving and vivid account of childhood and belonging; a narrative exploration of the meanings of the past and the reconstructions of memory.
A story of journey and recovery, the novel centres on the adult Paul Weismann's reflections on his childhood self and the summer spent following the death of his mother with his extraordinary grandparents in Ireland. Richly textured and unashamedly visceral,
The Eleventh Summer - Gebler's first novel, originally published in 1985 eschews the easy sentimentality of much Irish writing about childhood and adolescence. An unadorned recreation of the painful path to self-knowledge, it is a contemporary classic.