In the late 1970s, in the Northern California wine country, a hippie commune known as Vineyard has evolved from sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll into a working farm and winery. Ten-year-old JC, short for Joyful Child, a name he naturally despises, is a decent, sensible, compassionate kid. He and Teenie, his half-sister, are the only two children remaining on the farm. Their world features New Age spirituality, seances, vegetarians, parental kidnapping, folk singers, drug abuse, psychic healing circles, a horse called Pegasus, and a few magical mysteries—but what lights JC most is joining a Little League baseball team. He's an amazingly gifted pitcher, and coaches are eager to have him as a player. This is JC's look at the kaleidoscopic events of the era. At its core, it is a story about a brother, a sister, and a time.
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Steve Shilstone is a California writer who has also been an anthropology student at UCLA, a youth baseball coach for 25 years, a distribution clerk for the United States Postal Service, a stock associate for a now defunct department store, a cartoonist, and a painter of pointillist pictures. Born in Kentucky (Louisville), he was raised in Colorado (Denver) and Washington (Seattle) until arriving in the Golden State for good in 1955. Since then, he has traveled California from up to down and left to right, even nosing his way a bit into Nevada from time to time. As a writer, he was freed from the shackles of convention when he encountered James Joyce’s Ulysses for the first time. His author site is at www.steveshilstone.com. His twitter handle is @steveshilstone.
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