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Dandelion Wine is a semi-autobiographical novel that takes place over the summer of 1928. 12-year-old Douglas has an amazing revelation: He is alive. He decides to document the things he observes and learns. Each chapter contains a short story involving his friends and neighbors. I hate to give much more details, because part of the sweetness of the novel is the child-like discovery and understanding of more abstract concepts like happiness, time travel, and death.
I almost gave up on this book. It is a bit slow, but it is slow in the same way that summers were slow when you were a kid. I promise you the magic is there; you just need to give it a chance to charm.