The Gyre of God
Fifteen teenagers travel to San Francisco in 1967 to join in the Summer of Love. After three days in the maelstrom of Haight Street, they go their separate ways. Six will embark on an epic odyssey east, over the mountains and across the desert. Unwittingly, they have stepped into the unfolding of a love story and the resolution of a mystery that began a century before, and may outlive them all. More
ABOUT THIS NOVEL—On a Wednesday in September, 1874, a ghost is born.
On a cold Sunday in June of 1967, Marcus walks home from an afternoon at the beach in Newport, Oregon. The air is still, the streets deserted. He sees his house, a blue A-frame that his father built, and he sees a thick rope of black smoke rising from the window to his room, just under the peak of the roof.
As he runs down the slope to find where his parents are, two crew-cut thugs wearing sunglasses and sweatshirts appear from nowhere, and the chase begins.
In the middle of the night, they find him, wrap him in duct tape, and, throwing him in the trunk of an outrageous Pontiac 2+2, power down the Pacific Coast towards San Francisco.
Outside the Salt Lake City Greyhound Station, three girls calculate how they can get to the Summer of Love in San Francisco to explore the World Family Revolution, when they don’t seem to have enough cash to cover bus fare. A handsome, weeping young man in a 1962 Rambler appears, with a great little car and no money at all. Soon all four are on the road west, with windows rolled down and the back seat filled with the makings of bologna sandwiches, a big bag of unhulled sunflower seeds, and two six-packs of pull-top Coca Cola cans.
Two guys from Medford leave home in a VW van they’ve spent months fixing up, headed south out of Oregon towards California, to discover where the suckage stops and the coolness starts. Two guys from Springfield, Missouri duck out of town in a Renault Dauphine, its trunk packed with stolen hamburger buns. Two little girls with dirty feet stand on a street corner in Reno, hoping for a ride somewhere cool and hoping to not get creeped on by creeps.
And the most beautiful girl in the world, and the best-looking, most worthless guy in the world, and a nice guy named Durr looking for one last party before the Army snags him, and Spider, who just wants a ride across the Bay, all converge with the rest in a parking lot on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Joining forces, they will cross the city to Haight Street, and plunge into the Gathering of the Tribes.
Unwittingly, five among them have stepped into the unfolding of a love story and the resolving of a mystery that began a century before, and may outlive them all.
ABOUT RIVERSITTING—“The Gyre of God” is part of the “Riversitting” world. It is a free-standing work, intended to be read on its own. The “Riversitting” novels do interlink, and form the story of a two-century mystery and a two-century romance. “Gone Dancing in the Snow” follows “The Gyre of God” in time sequence, and the next novel, “The Tornado Party,” will be published in September.
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