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“One of the best and most convincing novels written so far about the lifestyle of the Woodstock generation.” (Publishers Weekly

It’s the fall of 1969, and Gloria Random’s best friend John has been called up for the draft. To escape it, they decide to run away from their Midwest town and their mundane lives. Renaming themselves Witch and Roy, they head to New York City in search of Witch’s biological father. Landing in the East Village, they are pulled into a community of drug use, mystical rituals, and sexual experimentation as they try to hide deeper and deeper from the realities they left behind. 

James Leo Herlihy’s third novel captures the mood and grooves of late-60s New York at the height of the anti-war movement and the counterculture revolution. With his trademark wit and insight, Herlihy brings together a colorful cast of characters ripped right from the heart of one of the most turbulent eras in American history.

©1971 James Leo Herlihy (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Sarah Mollo-Christensen Makes It Sing

For a book that is so distinctly "of its time," the spiraling end of the hippie era, the performance of Sarah Mollo-Christensen is absolutely fresh. Her characters are distinct and heartfelt. Her narrator, "Witch" never veers into parody-- even with vocabulary that describes angel-colored auras, peace marches, "can you dig it?" and "Far out!" It sounds like she means it and isn't making fun of The Brady Bunch.

Anyone who appreciates a strong searcher off to find herself in the big city will love this.