The novel “Two Summers of Adjustment” was written in the 1980s and rewritten in 2014/2015. It focuses on several incidents that got the author interested to write the novel. One was the imprisonment of an innocent man and how he had to adjust to life after being exonerated. The other is on separating a father from his family for over nine years and his adjustment to a now mostly full-grown family. It is not easy to fit in, as Bradford Barclay, the hero of the novel, found out.
Bradford Barclay, the major hero of this novel, faces both of these incidents. His child, Resa, a baby when he got unjustly imprisoned, was taken care of by the child’s godfather, Joe Ferguson, a childhood blood-brother of Bradford. She stayed with her godfather until she was close to five years old. The connection between the child and the godfather was considerably strong, and Brad Barclay found himself in a situation where his child did not accept him as father and preferred to stay with her godfather and her godfather’s son, Tim Ferguson.
The novel takes the reader through a series of incidents where both Bradford Barclay and Joe Ferguson lose their wives and find themselves the only ones trying to make life as comfortable as possible for Resa without destroying the friendship they had formed and sealed with their blood as boys. Series of thoughts of Bradford Barclay and of Resa move the story forward and explain to the reader why the individuals behave in the way they behaved at any particular time.