The Starlite Drive-in
By Marjorie Reynolds
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062092649, 336pp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
When human bones are discovered on the grounds of the old Starlite Drive-in, only Callie Anne Benton knows the identity of the victim who mysteriously disappeared thirty-six years ago.
Its the sweltering summer of 1956 when a handsome drifter named Charlie Memphis arrives at the Starlite to help Callie Annes injured father run the theater. Both she and her mother, Teal, fall for Memphiss rugged style and gentlemanly manners, but Callie Annes fatherbitter in his role as caretaker for the rural drive-in and his agoraphobic wifedoesnt like the drifters increasing interest in Teal.
A disastrous turn of events changes their lives forever, and its up to the grown-up Callie Anne to unlock the secret of the decades-old mystery.
Told through the voice of Callie Anne, a whip-smart tomboy reminiscent of Scout Finch, The Starlite Drive-in is a vivid snapshot of 1950s America. A compelling novel infused with hope, tragedy, and suspense, Callie Annes story will strike a chord with readers both young and old.
Formerly a newspaper reporter and a movie advertising executive, Marjorie Reynolds teaches writing workshops throughout Washington and Oregon. The author of the novel The Civil Wars of Jonah Moran, Reynolds lives in Washington State.