Polly Shulman
October 20, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The young hero of Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury’s 1957 classic of hallucinatory Americana, haunts Farewell Summer, the autumnal sequel. Now 13, he leads a ”Great Army” of boys, faces down ghosts in a haunted house, suffers his first kiss, and takes on time itself — but the magic is symbolic, not literal.

For Fans of…
Sherwood Anderson and Bradbury.

Summer draws poignancy from the half century dividing it from Wine, but feels like an afterthought.

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