Tie Dye: A Bonaventura Cozy Mystery - Book 2
"Good Morning, America, How Are You?..." Tie Dye is the Sixties sequel to the Fifties historical novel, Jitterbug. In 1966, a young teenager faces anti-hippie prejudice when her father gives her a converted garage/barn in rural, central Illinois as a gift for her birthday. To top it all off, two runaway teenaged lovers complicate things by showing up in the area in the midst of these problems. More
"Good morning, America, how are you?..." Tie Dye is the Sixties sequel to the historic Fifties novel, Jitterbug. This book is about two runaway teenage hippies in love, circa 1966. A story not too far from today. Filled with flowers,incense, pot, resistance,LSD, anti-draft marches and the social changes of the day, Tie Dye places its heroine in Grant Park, downtown Chicago -- across the street from Michigan Avenue. This is the place where the SDS anti-draft riot occurred during the Democratic National Convention.
Here is the opening of the book with the main character, Julie Bonaventura, getting ready to go take the commuter train to downtown Chicago---
"A huge multi-colored strobe candle (which looks like a wax torch with a large hollow cardboard tube in the middle) held in place by the akimbo arms of a three-foot-tall, life-like, nude female plaster statue set high up on a dresser, flashed beautifully against the artfully painted dayglo mural on the bedroom wall.
"Julietta Bonaventura delicately placed a peacock feather in the bottom rubber band of her long, single braid and put her shiny, silver four-tiered earrings in each pierced ear. She pulled on her large, red, yellow, blue and green sunburst-patterned, tie dyed cotton baggies and picked out a fine white lace sleeveless top and a matching tie dyed chiffon scarf."
"We are stardust. We are golden. And we must get ourselves back to the garden......" (Joni Mitchell, Woodstock)
Julie faces many anti-hippie problems when her father gives her a converted garage/barn in central Illinois as a gift for her birthday. To top it all off, Winslow and Sarah (two underage runaway lovers) complicate things by showing up in the area in the midst of the attacks by two local farmer/millworkers. Sarah's parents are very conservative and add to the young people's problems by hiring private detectives to try and find their underage daughter. Travel with us to San Francisco and Woodstock.
Written sensitively and with background knowledge, Tie Dye is a good book to note the similarities of today to the stories of lives in the past.
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