Seattle street artist Lizette Karlson tries to pull herself together in 1973 and turns to the Franklin Street Dogs for help. This low-life softball team is a horrifying choice for a fragile spirit like Lizette, who's only trying to stay warm and make it through another rainy night.
The Dogs don't realize that while she's beautiful, talented, and a bit off-kilter—she's also cunning and very dangerous. Lizette wants to hook up with top-Dog, Rocket. He's fixed on next-door neighbor Sandy Shore, the little snake dancer who strips for soldiers coming home at the end of the Vietnam War. Everybody sleeps with everybody—whatever gets you through the night. It's a sexual free-for-all until Sandy turns up pregnant and the scene goes haywire.
After witnessing a murder and getting kicked out by the Dogs, Lizette is on the run again, crisscrossing Puget Sound. She hides out on Orcas Island and paints in a secluded cabin owned by her childhood friend Marian, a gifted midwife who recently inherited her family's ranch.
On the island, Lizette works with Lummi tribal leaders Poland and Abaya, who stick to their cultural values, guard their family secrets and offer her unconditional love. Along the way, Lizette sorts out crippling secrets in her own past, unwittingly makes a splash in the New York art world—and finds the only thing that really matters.
This debut novel by Kate Campbell has it all; love, murder, suspense and sex, drugs and rock n roll. It's a crazy mix of all kinds of chaos and in the end you close the book satisfied with a good dramatic story.
This book is recommended for older audiences. Teens should definitely not read this in my opinion! It's a little risque but we did go back in time to a very different period. I liked the characters especially Lizette. You really root for her throughout the whole story.
I've read so many futuristic novels, that reading this was a fresh change of pace. I wasn't a kid of the 70's, but I like reading about that setting. Kate gives a gritty and raw tale of a girl who is just trying to make it in the real world.
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