Garvin’s (And They are,2017, etc.) latest novel offers a reflection of one girl’s coming-of-age in small-town Texas in the 1960s. Kirkus Review
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Garvin portrays this history with unflinching honesty, never shying away from depicting the overt racial bigotry of the time and place. Interwoven with Billie Jo’s adventures is the story of Ernesto, also known as “Big Daddy,” a local rock musician who leaves Texas in search of fame. Together, their stories illustrate how social change affected the slow-paced, deeply Christian town. While Ernesto hunts for rock band Santana in Los Angeles, Billie Jo takes trips to the local soda shop where she hears the music of the Beach Boys and the Cowsills. Garvin is at her best when offering these cheeky nods to the past never getting bogged down in nostalgia.
A winning narrator enlivens a charming tale of a town facing modernity.–Kirkus Review
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