Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAccurately drawn characters and events distinguish Walker's dynamic first novel. Misty, a teenager growing up in a small Southern town, incisively narrates the circumstances of her perpetually unstable life: a moody, unreliable father and bitter, alcoholic mother foster her low self-esteem. Seeking security and acceptance outside her family, she falls for a succession of irresponsible, unfaithful boyfriends and rebels drastically by experimenting with sex and drugs. Readers experience Misty's sincerity and giddiness as she begins new relationships and her disappointment as the boys she falls in love with leave her or fade out of her life: ``All the guys I had thought I loved were a memory.'' Although her speaking manner is youthful, Misty observes human nature and her own shortcomings with a complexity and mature weariness that suggest she has grown up too fast. No typical tale of youthful angst, this noteworthy novel is a convincing account of how the lack of love damages an impressionable child. Walker reminds us how we are shaped by people, events and intense emotions that eventually blur with time's passage. (Aug.)
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Obviously, the authors first novel was autobiographical, 'whose isn't?'. Would you have the guts to recreate a very unique time in America that at least 50% of the country refused to acknowledge ? One generation removed from the Greatest Generation. The counterculture, the drug culture, the Revolution For The Hell of It generation, not unlike of Tim Leary or Abbie Hoffman, but seen from a child growing into a woman in a small Midwest-Southern town. The generation that questioned authority, experienced/enacted social change and gave birth to the counterculture as seen through the eyes of a woman/child trying to evolve from a lifelong tradition of ' Don't Ask , Don't Tell, You're going to Hell' ? It wasn't easy to be a hippie from a small midwestern city, but the author takes a certain amount of pride and dignity with her when she leaves. I'd understand that from a big lights/big city dweller, this may seem quaint. For us in the hills and hollows 'hollers', as backdated as we where, this strikes a tone. We are here, we are socially progressive, we may be 'hillbillies.' But we ain't the same hillbillies as our parents or our demographics.