It is the spring of 1969 and Dalton Hawkes—a newly minted college graduate with a degree in literature and minors in sex, drugs, drinking, and rock ‘n’ roll—awaits the summer.He and his friends have endured all the upheavals of the Sixties and simply want to pull back from the world and look upon it anew.Moving into a notorious “hippie house,” they begin journeys of discovery—for Hawkes, a star-crossed love affair with Maxine Cooke, an exotic older woman who has irretrievably captured his heart. From nighttime skinny-dipping parties to planting a hidden marijuana crop to carousing in local bars to watching men walk on the moon—Hawkes and his fellow “travelers” revel in everything the 60’s ethos has to offer. The summer climaxes with the Woodstock Festival and its clarion call of peace, love, and song to the world. After three days of music and psychedelic celebration, the Festival’s cleansing rains have spoken, and in the end, sitting out a last rainstorm in an abandoned truck, listening to Jimi Hendricks’ haunting rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, Hawkes and Maxine make their separate peace and await whatever the future holds—for them and their generation.
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What a wonderful book! Set in the pivotal period in our country's history, 1969, we are witness to a young group of recent college graduates who want to take the summer to pull back from all the noise of the Vietnam War, the protests, the marches, and the social turmoil of the 60s—and try to find their places in the world. Author La Valle places our "seekers" inside the intoxicating crucible of the Hudson Valley, where they partake in all their newfound freedoms away from academia. At once a love story, a social commentary, a study of youth, and a poignant examination of heartbreak, loss, and redemption, HERE COMES THE SUN: THE SUMMER OF '69 weaves an important and ingenious comin-of-age tale. The summer ends with the siren call of the Woodstock Festival, whose provident and purgative rains speak to all and usher in the unmistakable voices of a new generation. Buy this book.