Look at Flower

Look at Flower

by Robert Dunn
     
 

Capturing the zeitgeist of 1967, this story follows a young girl named Flower as she discovers the hippie counterculture. At turns naïve and wise beyond her years, scruffy yet beautiful, heedlessly adventurous and endlessly savvy, Flower is a character for any time, not just her own. From “Cowtown, Oregon,” Flower runs away to San Francisco to

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Capturing the zeitgeist of 1967, this story follows a young girl named Flower as she discovers the hippie counterculture. At turns naïve and wise beyond her years, scruffy yet beautiful, heedlessly adventurous and endlessly savvy, Flower is a character for any time, not just her own. From “Cowtown, Oregon,” Flower runs away to San Francisco to experience the Summer of Love and then goes off on train-hopping, hitchhiking adventures across the USA, with stints working at a bank and at a summer camp disguised as a boy, and stays at both a timber camp and then a commune called Old Bison. A picaresque journey, this tale explores the music, romance, politics, and world-changing dreams of the late 1960s.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Going through their mother's belongings after her death, Peter and Cecily discover a manuscript that turns out to be a memoir of her experiences during the Summer of Love. It's the story of a girl who calls herself Flower, who leaves her small farm town for San Francisco, hangs out with the Grateful Dead, joins a commune, works with "revolutionary" groups, rides the rails, visits a lumberjack camp, and so on, providing a look at the groovy ‘60s through the eyes of a young innocent who has immerses herself in the hippie experience. With his latest, Dunn (Pink Cadillac) has made the time-honored but unfortunate choice of letting a "found manuscript" tell his tale. Whereas Samuel Beckett used the form to create brilliance (Malloy), Dunn can't get beyond Flower's nostalgic, grating voice: "I'm also sort of wondering why I'm out here on this farm...though it's groovy enough and I'm not really too freaked." While the reader grows accustomed to the voice, Flower's journey is less interesting than it should be and says nothing new about the era; strip out the Grateful Dead, Beatles, and Haight-Ashbury references, and this story could take place today. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

“Whether or not you remember the ’60s, watching this blooming Flower bloom is a total blast.”  —Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You

"San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of 1967 was a dream of sorts, and [this book] evokes that feeling as it traces the zig-zag wanderings of Cynda 'Flower' Evans from vague imaginings and occasional nightmares to something like growing up. In all her limits and confusion and idealistic searching, I liked Flower. You will too."  —Dennis McNally, author, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Whether or not you remember the ?60s, watching this blooming Flower bloom is a total blast.
Dennis McNally
San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of 1967 was a dream of sorts, and [this book] evokes that feeling as it traces the zig-zag wanderings of Cynda 'Flower' Evans from vague imaginings and occasional nightmares to something like growing up. In all her limits and confusion and idealistic searching, I liked Flower. You will too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970829313
Publisher:
Coral Press
Publication date:
02/24/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Dunn is a writer, teacher, and musician. He has published widely, including work in The New Yorker and an O. Henry Prize story, as well as the recent novels Pink Cadillac (a Book Sense 76 pick), Cutting Time, Soul Cavalcade, Meet the Annas, and Look at Flower. Dunn has worked for the New Yorker magazine and Sports Illustrated, as well as teaching fiction writing at The New School in New York City, where he lives. In the 1980s he was Bernard Malamud’s personal assistant.  Dunn is married to a film art director and lives in New York City.

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