Sarah Relyea (Author)
Description1968. It's the season of siren songs and loosened bonds--as well as war, campaign slogans, and assassination. When the Rayson family leaves the East Coast for the gathering anarchy of Berkeley, twelve-year-old Alice embraces the moment in a hippie paradise that's fast becoming a cultural ground zero. As her family and school fade away in a tear gas fog, the 1960s counterculture brings ambiguous freedom. Guided only by a child's-eye view in a tumultuous era, Alice could become another casualty--or she could come through to her new family, her developing life. But first, she must find her way in a world where the street signs hang backward and there's a bootleg candy called Orange Sunshine.
She Writes Press
June 09, 2020
5.4 X 1.3 X 8.5 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author
Sarah Relyea is the author of Playground Zero, a coming-of-age story set in Berkeley in the late 1960s. Sarah left the Berkeley counterculture at age thirteen and processed its effects as a teenager in suburban Los Angeles. She would soon swap California's psychedelic scene to study English literature at Harvard. A former academic who has taught at universities in New York and Taiwan, she has long addressed questions of identity in her writing, including in her book of literary criticism, Outsider Citizens: The Remaking of Postwar Identity in Wright, Beauvoir, and Baldwin. Sarah lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and spends time on the Left Coast.