Hi HolyUnicorn

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That meaning is correct. Typically,

**apiece** comes after a noun or amount X and means that that noun is associated with "each one" of some object or entity Y.

Here is an

example from Google's dictionary:

We sold 385 prints at $10 **apiece**.

This means that each of the 385 prints that "we" sold cost 10 dollars -- so the total amount of money earned from sales is $3850. (Here, X is 10 dollars, and Y is 1 print.)

Here is another example:

The largest stones weigh over fifty tons **apiece**.

This means that each of the largest stones weighs over fifty tons. (Here, X is "over fifty tons", and Y is a stone that counts as one of the largest stones.) I think it is helpful when looking at usage of

**apiece **to figure out what the X and the Y are for that sentence where it appears!

Here is my interpretation of your sentence. Saying that "there was only one spring and one summer

**apiece **that year" means to me that X is "one spring and one summer", and Y is "a year", meaning that the author describes that that year (just like all years!) "came with" only one spring and one summer associated with it. This is an obvious fact, since of course there is only one spring and one summer in each year! But Bambara remembers this time from her childhood, her fifteenth year, as being so long and playful that to her it almost seems as if that year had come with two or more springs and summers.

I am curious if others interpret the text differently, but this is how I understand it!