This book is a beautifully written coming-of-age tale set in the Vietnam era. I absolutely could not put it down - I read it overnight.
Cedar was a child of the Summer of Love. But the story she tells is about much more than time and place; it is about the universal truths of mothers and daughters, love and betrayal, resilience and loss.
Born in a ramshackle farmhouse in North Carolina with rainbow-painted floors and no plumbing, Cedar describes a home shared - in the fashion of the times - by a group of adults tht included her mother, Sara, and her father Sol. Around her neck, Sara wears the bullet her beloved brother sent her from Veitnam just before he was killed. Together, Sara and young Cedar survive the misadventures of communal living in the sixties - and growing up in an era of uncertainly: the disappearance of Cedar's father, learning the word 'hippie' from the children at school, and the jealousy that ultimately turns their idyllic world to ashes --