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Side Effects: A footloose journey to the apocalypse
Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Fall 2020
236 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771835503
ISBN10: 1771835508
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK

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Side Effects: A footloose journey to the apocalypse is a novel about the post-World War II baby boom generation and the factors that have led to climate catastrophe. The novel provides a portrait of the boomers by following the lives of a zany, idealistic couple and their growing family through the '50s, '60s, '70s. Beginning on a honeymoon motorcycle trip the couple sets the goal of putting down roots in California, the land of wild beauty, abundance, and political activism. The music, art, science, and politics of the era are palpable throughout the book.
When they arrived at the San Francisco Bay the vista unfolded before their eyes. They leapt in unison off their blue rusted out coated with dead bugs motorcycle and let it fall to the ground with a thud so taken with the scene neither noticed. Side by side they stood for a moment in silence looking out and dropped to their knees. It was a perfect clear blue-sky day with sunshine toasting their faces. They knew they had arrived at Mecca and knew they'd never ever leave.

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