Mad DogBook - 2001
The haunting story of thirteen-year-old Sheryl-Anne, growing up in 1960s Ontario on a farm steeped in mysticism and madness. The summer of 1964 -- a summer of race riots, mini-skirts and transistor radios. Sheryl-Anne MacRae dreams of fleeing her home in southwestern Ontario to search for her long-lost mother. Her uncle and adopted father, Fergus, a charismatic pharmacist with utopian ideas, brings home a handsome young hitchhiker. The guitar-toting Peter Lucas Angelo bears an uncanny resemblance to James Dean -- and Sheryl-Anne falls in love. But life in Eden Valley is not as idyllic as it seems. As summer progresses, Peter is pulled deeper into Fergus's bizarre underworld -- a world of '60s counterculture, folklore and apocalyptic visions. The days are spent working in the apple orchard, while the nights descend into dangerous sex, drugs and secret rituals. Sheryl-Anne longs to run away with Peter, as the fragile peace of her daylight existence is eroded by the nightmares that torment her. In this thrilling tale, Kelly Watt captures the ethereal and complex Sheryl-Anne, and with vivid, often frightening detail charts the destruction of a family. The work of a gifted storyteller,Mad Dogmarks the arrival of an exceptional new novelist.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2001.
Characteristics: 196 p. ;,22 cm.