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Garvin calls the book a fictional journey, but it reads like a memoir. If you were a kid in the 60’s, this book will feel something like a trip into childhood, a time before helicopter parents and iphones, a time when kids had to create their own fun while learning the painful lessons of life.
Though the book takes place in Texas, there is so much about Billie Jo’s experiences that felt familiar to me, a child of rural Connecticut. In a way, the qualities that make up a childhood – the way adults are perceived, the family quirks, sibling teasing, unexpected kindnesses and losses, how kids think and fill their leisure time – seemed universal. This is a thoroughly relatable book.
And told as a “look back at the ghosts of the past,” the book has a nostalgic aura that lingered beyond the last page, calling forth my own ghosts and eliciting memories that I’d forgotten. Dancing with the Sandman is a lovely, poignant, rich read for all ages, but especially for those who enjoy memoirs and those who were children in the 60’s.
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I received a copy of the book from the author, but I voluntarily wrote the review, which expresses my honest opinion.
She really made you “feel” the landscape of West Texas and does a great job creating a sense of place. As the much younger youngest girl in a family of five girls, I could relate to Billie Jo’s curiosity about the doings of her older sisters and the need to find my own amusement. Billie Jo was very real and believable.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.