Nineteen Seventysomething is a requiem for bygone days. In the fictional suburb of Braithwaite, we meet Charlie during the listless weeks of his summer holidays. Against a backdrop of buzzing cicadas, Dragstar bikes, schoolboy rock bands, church youth groups, and Top 40 radio, Barry Divola deftly evokes that awkward, exhilarating journey from childhood to adolescence. Told with humour, poignancy and authenticity, Nineteen Seventysomething marks the familiar stages of teenage awakening – in friendship, desire and love.
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‘…Divola dresses memories and musings in a sunburnt innocence that captures the hear of the era perfectly.’ Rolling Stone
‘It is evocative, and very keenly observed.‘ The Sunday Age
‘I‘ve come to expect the laughs and the recognition in Barry‘s writing – I’ve been a six-foot fan for a while – but I didn‘t foresee the heart … Why am I tearful and smiling? Wincing and thankful?‘ Tim Rogers
‘This is a book for anyone who ever owned a Dragstar bike or marvelled at a Valiant Charger.’ Nick Earls