Mick Brannigan is a good worker and a better father, but when he loses his job, neither he nor his wife Layne is sure that his life calling is that of a stay at home dad. But when Layne's career takes off and their son Dylan starts showing signs of developmental problems, Mick doesn't seem to have a choice. What with having to do laundry, making sure the fridge stays full, and the kids aren't emotionally scarred from being cared for by their dad, Mick finds that his hands, and his heart, are fuller than they've ever been. W. Dale Cramer, softcover, 395 pages.
From the Christy Award-winning Author of Levi's Will
"You never know what the day will bring..."
Mick Brannigan, a construction worker, loses a good-paying job because of some freak accident, sort of his fault but not his fault. Adding insult to injury, he finds himself playing nursemaid to his three kids.
"Mick's whole life felt like an accident..."
Even more flustered is his wife, Layne, now forced to get a job to keep a paycheck coming in. Mick isn't the stay-at-home-dad type, she's sure. He's a good dad--when she is there to supervise it all...the unrelenting daily stuff. Keeping the house clean, food in the fridge. Attacking the ever-mounting laundry. Supervising their five acres of land and the menagerie of animals....
"It wasn't his idea to stay home with the kids..."
A lot is on the line, and just how the Brannigan family will survive--that is, without anyone getting seriously hurt or killed, the kids not ending up psychologically and emotionally damaged, the laundry not undoing their marriage--all remains to be seen....
Packed with humor, true-to-life characters, and themes to enlighten the soul, Summer of Light is altogether poignant, witty, entertaining, and delightfully down-to-earth.
W. Dale Cramer, author of critically acclaimed novels Bad Ground and Levi's Will, lives in McDonough, Georgia, with his wife, Pam, and their two sons.