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The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress | [Beryl Bainbridge]

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

In the rainswept summer of 1968, Rose sets off for the United States from Kentish Town to meet a man she knows as Washington Harold, in her suitcase a polka-dot dress and a one-way ticket. In a country rocked by the assassination of Martin Luther King and a rising groundswell of violence, they are to join forces in search of the charismatic and elusive Dr Wheeler - oracle, guru and redeemer - whom Rose credits with rescuing her from a terrible childhood, and against whom Harold nurses a silent grudge.
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In the rainswept summer of 1968, Rose sets off for the United States from Kentish Town to meet a man she knows as Washington Harold, in her suitcase a polka-dot dress and a one-way ticket. In a country rocked by the assassination of Martin Luther King and a rising groundswell of violence, they are to join forces in search of the charismatic and elusive Dr Wheeler - oracle, guru and redeemer - whom Rose credits with rescuing her from a terrible childhood, and against whom Harold nurses a silent grudge. As they trail their quarry, zigzagging through America in a camper van, the odd couple - Rose, damaged child of grey postwar Britain, and nervous, obsessive, driven Harold - encounter a ragged counter-cultural army of Wheeler’s acolytes, eddying among dangerous currents of obscure dissent and rage. But somewhere in the wide American darkness, Dr Wheeler is waiting.

©2011 The Estate of Beryl Bainbridge (P)2001 AudioGO Ltd.

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  • Lynda
    Beckenham, United Kingdom
    12/31/12
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    "The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress"

    I did enjoy this book but hadn't realised that Beryl Bainbridge died (unfortunately) before she could complete it. It was therefore unfinished which was a bit of a let down. It was a bit like watching a really good film and then the end of the film being cut for some reason. I think it would be fairer to explain that it is unfinished in the description.



    I like Beryl Bainbridge and her books are always a pleasure to read. What a pity she died before she could complete it. Timothy West of course reads superbly well

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