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As Travis falls under Delia’s spell, he becomes aware that the 1950s small town he has made his own may hold more secrets than innocence. He ultimately comes to believe that Delia’s welfare is in his hands alone, a ...
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As Travis falls under Delia’s spell, he becomes aware that the 1950s small town he has made his own may hold more secrets than innocence. He ultimately comes to believe that Delia’s welfare is in his hands alone, a belief that not only forces him to grow up fast, but one that builds to a shocking and disturbing climax.
Author Sterling Watson has written a novel steeped in the Southern gothic tradition. The reader feels the oppressive heat of a Florida summer, and hears the 1950s rock ’n roll music humming from the AM radio of a speeding convertible. Watson’s characters are brought vividly to life through Travis’s touching, powerful and intensely personal voice. A dark coming of age tale, Sweet Dream Baby begins in innocence and ends in a dramatically different place.
About the Author: Sterling Watson is the author of four previous novels: Deadly Sweet (1994), Blind Tongues (1989), The Calling (1986) and Weep No More My Brother (1978). He teaches literature and writing at Eckerd College, a small private college in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Posted August 8, 2006
This isn't a new book, but it's by an author I've just started reading. It's a coming of age story trying to find the meaning of life and love in the music of the late 50's and 60's. It begins steeped in innocence and ends in Southern (central Florida) horror. Watson is not a prolific author, only 6 novels, but I'll be reading everything he writes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.