Saturday, March 28, 2009
In the Castle of the Flynns
Long on characterization, short on plot, this is a coming of age story set in Chicago during the 1950s. Young Daniel Dorsey loses his parents in an automobile accident and goes to live with his maternal grandparents, the Flynns. Also in the home are his young Aunt Anne, the eldest son Uncle Mike, and everyone's favorite, Uncle Tom. What follows is the story of the next year...the troubles Danny faces as he struggles with grief and the fear everyone he loves will leave, the declining health of his grandfather, his misdeeds with his troubled Dorsey cousin, Matt, and the trials of his uncles' love lives.
This book actually reminds me a lot of Whistling in the Dark, which was set in Milwaukee in 1959. Only that book has a young girl as the narrator...and there's actually a mystery she's trying to solve. But both books have that post-WWII, small community within a big city, kids running around freely in the summertime, feel to them. Do you know what I mean?