In the summer of 1971, Dallas Green and Lonnie McKay made a spur-of-the-moment decision to leave their hot, dusty farming town and head south to Mexico in Lonnie’s 1965 Chevy. They told each other they were going down there to find a friend who had disappeared a few years before, but the truth was that what they were really looking for was an escape from work, the draft, the war, and the prospect of having to finally grow up. Scott R. Larson has drawn on his own memories of growing up in the San Joaquin Valley to tell this story of two teenagers on the brink of manhood and their once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Targeted Age Group:: General Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
To begin with I wanted to do my own version of Huckleberry Finn but set in the time and place where I myself grew up, i.e. rural central California in the early 1970s. I wanted to explore the friendships and bonds that young men form. And I also wanted to make some observations about the clash (and mutual attraction) of cultures between Anglo and Latin America. But mostly I just wanted to spin a good, entertaining yarn.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I modeled the two main characters on a number of guys I knew growing up. But I have to admit that a lot of the dynamics between them reflects the relationship I had with my best friend with whom I grew up. We were an unlikely pair whose lives went in very different directions but we were loyal to each other until the end of his life.
About the Author:
Scott R. Larson was born and grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley. He has also lived in France, Chile and for many years in and around Seattle, Washington. He currently lives in the West of Ireland where he writes one of the internet’s longest running film blogs.
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