Welcome to Baltimore, 1966, a quiet Eastern city of row houses, blue-collar neighborhoods, and burgeoning suburbs, a place as yet untouched by the upheavals of 1960s America.A place where everything is about to change.What was once so simple now seems complicated. Delicatessens that served delicious slabs of pastrami are now serving sprouts. Song lyrics are angry and raw. Acid is being dropped and the normal life paths - school, marriage, a safe career - seem irrelevant. Or, worse, boring.Even friendship is more complicated.As society's shifts begin to take hold, the people at the heart of Sixty-Six know they have something to hold on to: each other...Bobby Shine, an intern at the local television station; the soulful and rebellious Neil; Ben Kallin, the "King of the Teenagers"; Turko and Eggy, comic philosophers extraordinaire. They spend their time together hanging out at the Hilltop Diner, wise-cracking, coping, falling in and out of love, planning for a glorious future.As the decade explodes, however, these young people are caught between the staid and traditional values of the fifties and the confusion, turbulence, and exhilaration of the sixties. As the fighting in Vietnam escalates and the antiwar movement at home reaches fever pitch, their insular world will be rocked by violence and tragedy. As the growing civil rights movement sweeps across the country, they will see the best and worst of their parents' generation. And as the hippie movement rockets across the cultural landscape, they will both embrace and be torn apart by the new freedoms afforded them. Together, they will have to confront as bewildering and wrenching a set of transformations as America has ever faced - and each one of them will leave 1966 changed forever.
- Hardback | 271 pages
- 147.3 x 210.3 x 25.4mm | 439.99g
- 01 Sep 2003
- Random House Inc
- BROADWAY BOOKS