Dickinson depicts recently widowed elderly sisters Ina and Helene, who resolve to leave their suburban Chicago neighborhood behind, master their fear of loneliness and drive to Los Angeles; only Helene knows how to drive, and she is blind. ``Dickinson offers a tightly constructed, highly deliberate narrative. . . . His accumulated insights, and the rhythm at which he reveals them, will linger and leave a lasting impression,'' commented PW. Sept.
Helene is blind and diabetic; Ina likes to drink beer. Catalyzed by sudden acts of violence in their neighborhoods andfueled by their desire to free themselves, the two widowed sisters set off on a road trip to California, where Ina's grown children live. The women, of course, learn much about their families, themselves, and their worlds as they travel. Surprisingly, Dickinson's slightly stilted narrative beginning grows increasingly more human, and in turn more gripping, as the pair drives further west. The characterization develops fully just soon enough to hook the reader, who may find this novel a refreshing change, as it examines the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of two endearing but not perfect older women.-- Jean Keleher, Wally Findlay Galleries Lib., Chicago