In the aftermath of war, there are no victors, only the wounded, some still trying to inflict pain, others trying to heal themselves and each other. Kurt Goldman finds both. Oakhurst Irregulars creates an intimate and nuanced view of a child's post-war world as it's shaped by the people and events that surround him and the choices that confront him, both in his innocence as well as in its loss.
In the Spring and Summer of 1951 the country was in the process of recovering and re-inventing itself after the 'good war'. But not all wounds had healed and not everyone was ready to move on. To eight year old Kurt Goldman, Oakhurst Drive in Beverly Hills, is an idyllic, dynamic and exciting world of returned veterans, aspiring and established actors, and best of all, his new friend from up the block, Norma Jean. When events seem to shatter that world forever, he learns that, “In this life, it’s the friends you can count on that make all the difference.“
Now, thirty-eight years later, a murder investigation threatens to unravel the secrets of that summer. This engaging and compelling novel of post World War II Los Angeles is funny, lyric and haunting, but ultimately, an affirmation of the resilience of the human spirit. Mr. Garey's confident narrative, vivid characters and richly detailed settings make this both a memorable prequel and sequel to his first novel, Death Dance, and a foreshadowing of his third, The Bridge to Avalon.
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