John Vorhaus : Lucy in the Sky

Lucy in the Sky

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Tom Robbins, Strunk & White, Robert McKee, Annie Duke

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Print Length

348 pages

Publisher

Bafflegab Books

Publication Date

Feb 14, 2012

Language

English

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A coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969, Lucy in the Sky lightly touches on such weighty issues as the meaning of life, the purpose of art and the existence of God. For those interested in answers to The Big Questions or just keen to revisit a simpler time, Lucy in the Sky promises a fun and compelling trip – and that’s trip in every sense of the word. Gene Steen is an earnest, intelligent, truth-seeking teen stuck in the cultural wasteland of his suburban home. He wants to be a hippie in the worst way, but hippies are scarce on the ground in the forlorn Midwest of Gene’s 15th year. Then, propitiously on the Summer Solstice, his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his lively, lovely, long-lost cousin Lucy. She’s hip beyond Gene’s wildest dreams and immediately takes him under her wing. Lucy teaches Gene that being a hippie isn’t about love beads and peace signs, but about the choices you make and the stands you take. Yet for all her airy insights into religion, philosophy and “the isness of it all,” Lucy harbors dark secrets – secrets that will soon put her on the run, with Gene by her side. Lucy in the Sky resonates of such classics as Summer of ’42 and Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and invites the reader into a richly detailed vision of the ‘60s, as realized by Vorhaus’s sure-handed prose and authentic sense of place and time. With frank talk about sex and drugs, Vorhaus pulls no punches about the realities of the era, yet delivers an uplifting message about personal power and the path to enlightenment. A rewarding read for young seekers and old geezers alike.

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I loved this book! I've enjoyed a couple of other books by the same author and this is my favorite. John Vorhaus is a smart, funny and capable wordsmith.If you were sentient in the sixties then you'll especially like this clever page-turner. "Lucy In The Sky" is an engaging trip down memory lane while also reminding us that the late 1960s was a potent and dangerous period, mind-blowing in so many ways. The story is a compelling coming-of-age story, a fast-paced mystery adventure and a chronicle of a mind-expanding but turbulent period, with some sly philosophy and puns mixed-in to keep you cogitating and chuckling.

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