The Seasons’ Difference (1952)

Book Description

In this novel, Sam and Sara Dunn invite a young relative, Peter Cowley, to provide a summer school for children on the grounds of their sprawling vacation estate. Before the book opens, the Dunn's Oz-like retreat has been the setting for Peter Cowley's mystical experience. Peter has a vision of some indefinable sort, and the novel is a registering of the ramifications of his vague visitation for the adults and the children...

The Seasons' Difference is, most centrally, a homily on the New Testament dictum, ‘Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
— W. Dale Brown, The Book of Buechner



The Seasons' Difference is a suave and urbane comedy about several immense abstractions—faith, innocence, loneliness, and love.”
— Orville Prescott, New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant book.”
— Francis Bickley, Punch

"In this clever novel, the recesses of the sane and unbelieving mind are probed and found wanting." — Katherine S. Rosin, Book-of-the-Month Club

“To skip over The Seasons' Difference would be to miss so much that is vintage Buechner: the longing and the near-misses, the hints of a heavenly explanation and the harsh reminders of earthly realities, and the near saint set beside the bumbling fool - both in the same character.”
— W. Dale Brown, The Book of Buechner

“The poised ambiguity of faith and doubt in complex mixture becomes one of Buechner's first and most enduring theological themes, his calling card for years to come.”
— W. Dale Brown, The Book of Buechner