Poignant and raw: Dusk and Summer by Joseph Pinto

Does Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.

When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.


My review:

Parents are a child’s lifelines. Even when it grows into its own skin, defying their role in its life, they remain vital points of reference; a mainstay. Losing a parent can make even a strong grown man lose his bearings. If it’s the father a son loses, and the loss is untimely and unjust, the immeasurable pain makes the path to acceptance difficult to find and even more difficult to tread.

This uphill trudge is presented here by Joseph A. Pinto who lost his father to pancreatic cancer. A “tough son-of-a-gun,” a seemingly indomitable presence in the author’s life. It is an emotional account; raw and harrowing. But it is also a magical road trip with soul-lifting pit stops that miraculously guide the traveler—otherwise completely lost and deeply wounded—to a glorious destination, known only to his father, pointed to by bits and pieces that he could have easily dismissed as just incoherent ramblings of a dying man. Thankfully, he didn’t.

The writing is excellent and delivers in a unique albeit heart-rending way. Known for his unique horror-writing prose, Joseph seamlessly presents his experience through some of the strongest, most poignant similes I’ve ever encountered in a book.

“Before me, the parkway yawned endlessly toward a shimmering horizon. Each weary glance into the rearview mirror revealed splintered, black asphalt crumbling off into the bowels of the earth. The sky above seemed to buckle, and I tensed, expecting at any moment for it to fracture like a thin pane of glass.”

Even though the subject is sensitive and painful, I highly recommend this book because the endnote is essentially optimistic, and it once more proves that although life is perishable, true love never is.


Joseph A. Pinto is the horror author of two published books and numerous short stories; he is a member of the Horror Writers Association as well the founder of Pen of the Damned, a collective of angst and horror driven writers. Indulge in his unique voice on his personal blog josephpinto.com and PenofhteDamned.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JosephAPinto. Joseph hails from New Jersey where he lives with his wife and young daughter.


The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research



Lustgaren Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research:http://www.lustgarten.org/

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JCHFWK0

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JCHFWK0

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00JCHFWK0

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00JCHFWK0


4 thoughts on “Poignant and raw: Dusk and Summer by Joseph Pinto

  1. Hi Maria! 🙂

    I greatly appreciate the time you took to provide your audience with a review of Dusk and Summer, and of course reading my novella as well!

    If my prose continues to strike a chord within you, then I know that as a writer, I have done my job. As a son, I am honored to share the ‘myth’ of my father with you. And as an advocate, thank you for helping me spread some awareness of the fight against pancreatic cancer.

    My sincerest of thank you’s!!

    1. It was nothing less than a pleasure to both read and write about Dusk and Summer. The fact that part of the proceeds go to research for cure of pancreatic cancer gives me a tiny part in your noble cause, making this even more worthwhile.

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