Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis 246 pages



Rainey Royal is fourteen when this book opens.  Her mother left to live in an ashram and Rainey lives in Greenwich Village with her father, a famous jazz musician named Howard.  Howard welcomes all sorts of aspiring musicians and acolytes into the home (and his bed) at all hours of the night and day.

Rainey is an artist who challenges and tests every boundary and rule at school and at home.  She is cruel and bullying to teachers and classmates but she is also fiercely loyal.  Her best friend from her teen years, Tina Dial, and another friend named Leah vie for Rainey’s attention and love throughout the book.  The story ends when Rainey is in her early twenties.


This book is set in the 70s and the author does a good job recreating the chaos of the free love movement and of that time.  I would recommend this book and I think it would be a good book club book.

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