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Look at Flower

A Novel

Robert Dunn


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Capturing the zeitgeist of 1967, this story follows a young girl named Flower as she discovers the hippie counterculture. At turns naïve and wise beyond her years, scruffy yet beautiful, heedlessly adventurous and endlessly savvy, Flower is a character for any time, not just her own. From “Cowtown, Oregon,” Flower runs away to San Francisco to experience the Summer of Love and then goes off on train-hopping, hitchhiking adventures across the USA, with stints working at a bank and at a summer camp disguised as a boy, and stays at both a timber camp and then a commune called Old Bison. A picaresque journey, this tale explores the music, romance, politics, and world-changing dreams of the late 1960s.

Praise For Look at Flower: A Novel

“Whether or not you remember the ’60s, watching this blooming Flower bloom is a total blast.”  —Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You

"San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of 1967 was a dream of sorts, and [this book] evokes that feeling as it traces the zig-zag wanderings of Cynda 'Flower' Evans from vague imaginings and occasional nightmares to something like growing up. In all her limits and confusion and idealistic searching, I liked Flower. You will too."  —Dennis McNally, author, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

Coral Press, 9780970829313, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2011

About the Author

Robert Dunn is a writer, teacher, and musician. He has published widely, including work in The New Yorker and an O. Henry Prize story, as well as the recent novels Pink Cadillac (a Book Sense 76 pick), Cutting Time, Soul Cavalcade, Meet the Annas, and Look at Flower. Dunn has worked for the New Yorker magazine and Sports Illustrated, as well as teaching fiction writing at The New School in New York City, where he lives. In the 1980s he was Bernard Malamud’s personal assistant.  Dunn is married to a film art director and lives in New York City.