The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress

The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress

Book - 2011
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"In the tumultuous spring of 1968 a young English woman, Rose, travels from London to the United States to meet a man she knows as Washington Harold. In her suitcase are a polka dot dress and a one-way ticket. In an America recently convulsed by the April assassination of Martin Luther King and subsequent urban riots, they begin a search for the charismatic and elusive Dr. Wheeler - sage, prophet and, possibly, redeemer - who rescued Rose from a dreadful childhood and against whom Harold holds a seething grudge. As they follow their quarry cross-country in a camper they encounter the odd remnants of Wheeler acolytes who harbor festering cultural and political grievances. Along the way, a famous artist is shot in New York, mutilated soldiers are evacuated from Vietnam, race hatred explodes in ghettos and suburbs and casual madness blossoms at revival meetings. Many believe America's only hope is presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, whose campaign trail echoes Rose and Harold's pilgrimage. Both will conclude in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel one infamous night in June."-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2011
ISBN: 9781609450564
1609450566
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAINBRIDG 2011
Characteristics: 162 p. ; 22 cm

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uncommonreader
Aug 21, 2013

Bainbridge's last novel was completed after her death by her publisher and as a result, the reader is left with some nagging, unanswered questions. At the end of the book is a reproduction of a newspaper article about a girl in a polka dot dress present at Robert Kennedy's assassination. Dark humour and somewhat odd, but nevertheless worth reading.

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zola7
Sep 16, 2011

The last book from the wonderful Beryl Bainbridge. Her passing is a great loss, but she has left her legacy of quirky, imaginative tales of the twentieth century for us to remember her by.

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