Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty

Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty

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by Tim Sandlin
     
 

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It's 2023, and Guy Fontaine is an unwilling new resident at Mission Pescadero, an assisted-living facility outside San Francisco. It doesn't take him long to realize that his fellow residents have reverted to the lifestyles they embraced in the sixties, complete with sex, drugs, and rock and roll (with a little Viagra thrown in for good measure). The

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It's 2023, and Guy Fontaine is an unwilling new resident at Mission Pescadero, an assisted-living facility outside San Francisco. It doesn't take him long to realize that his fellow residents have reverted to the lifestyles they embraced in the sixties, complete with sex, drugs, and rock and roll (with a little Viagra thrown in for good measure). The Mission Pescadero staff, and the world outside, would like nothing more than to forget these aging hippies, but the residents want-no, demand-to be treated with respect and dignity. And they'll fight for it. When one resident's prohibited cat is discovered by Mission Pescadero's domineering administrator, the resulting confrontation mushrooms into an epic battle between authority and anarchy, complete with twenty-four-hour media coverage and the involvement of California's governor, Drew Barrymore. As tensions escalate, Guy finds himself cast as an unlikely radical in a drama he doesn't understand.
By turns outrageous, hilarious, and, ultimately, touching, Tim Sandlin's new novel is a fascinating exploration of how the baby boomers are facing their own mortality. Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty is Sandlin at his iconoclastic best.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Though Jimi doesn't make an appearance in this near-future satire, Sandlin (Skipped Parts; Sorrow Floats) has fun with his surviving fans. The year is 2022 (the year Jimi would've turned 80), and strait-laced retiree Guy Fontaine, at his daughter's behest, moves into the Mission Pescadero nursing home, where aged hippies, former radicals and random California nutjobs refuse to give up their sex, drugs and rock and roll. Guy is stricken with an acute case of culture shock, but gets over it with the help of a few friendly residents who aren't living in a perpetual summer of love. But just as Guy is getting into the scene, the residents take control of the facility to protest the lack of respect they receive from their families, doctors and the home's administrators. Though not all of the humor works across generations (chants of "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh. AARP is gonna win"), most does, and the action, thankfully, is far from bingo night and crafts hour. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It's 2023, smack-dab in the Jeb the Third Bush era and also the year that guitarist Jimi Hendrix would be turning 80, were he still alive. A retired, uprooted Okie recently relocated to California, Guy Fontaine feels the earth move-at his age, the result of a seizure-and awakens to find himself driving a golf cart down the freeway. The next thing he knows, he's a resident of Mission Pescadero, a residential care facility where the administrative staff all talk like Mister Rogers and act like Nurse Ratched and the residents are leftovers from the Haight-Ashbury scene. After taking over the facility, the residents find they're prone to the same factionalism that divided them in 1968, or, for that matter, in high school. It's all sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, only now with wrinkles and with Depends tossed onstage midconcert. Sort of like a Rolling Stones concert. With baby boomers rapidly reaching retirement age, novelist/screenwriter Sandlin (Skipped Parts) will tap a growing audience that should find this clear-eyed, satirical look into the not-too-distant future informative if not, perhaps, a little scary. For all larger libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ancient hippies, defying mortality, rise up against the administrators of their retirement community in this near-future black comedy. Poor Guy Fontaine. Momentarily disoriented after his wife's death, the spry 72-year-old drives his cart off a California golf course and onto an interstate. That one lapse allows his daughter Claudia to take control of his assets and bundle him into the Mission Pescadero, which provides, in the year 2022, both A.L. (Assisted Living) and N.C. (Nursing Care), meaning heavy sedation. Guy, a native Oklahoman and former sports editor, is an anomaly in this coastal California institution, most of whose residents are former hippies trapped in their memories of the Summer of Love (1967) or the 1969 confrontation at Berkeley; they still hunger for multiple sex partners ("monogamy is so . . . Eisenhower"). But Guy does find a kindred spirit in Roxanne, known as Rocky, who got a life as a waitress after the hippie scene faded. Sandlin gives these two a full measure of humanity (and his best writing), while treating the other residents as decrepit freaks (one has a face that "looks like a potato that's been stored under the sink too long"). When administrator Alexandra Truman, a bitchy disciplinarian, confiscates one old geezer's cat (house rule: no pets), Guy defends him, decking a staff member. The rebellion is underway, led by a canny crone with a walker who's reliving her days as a '60s militant. She outwits law enforcement (the hippie-hating Lieutenant Monk) tactically and strategically ("Our power is our age"), though she can't prevent an anarchic resident spiking the community's tea with acid. When Monk, armed to the teeth, goes berserk, the cat-ownerheroically disables him, dying in the process. The female governor arrives and sides with the residents; as a tribute to their fallen comrade, they all drop their skirts or pants-the novel's second mass-mooning. Sandlin's seventh novel (after Honey Don't, not reviewed) has some lively flourishes, but the one-note humor quickly palls.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045368438
Publisher:
Tim Sandlin
Publication date:
10/24/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
304,295
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Meet the Author

Tim Sandlin is the author of several novels, including Skipped Parts (a New York Times Notable Book) and Sorrow Floats.

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