Sylvie isn’t your average girl. When she dresses up she looks
eighteen, and she’s spent the last three years in foster care plotting her
escape to Hollywood. But as Sylvie quickly learns on the road, zigzagging across
the Midwest in a stranger’s two-tone blue Pontiac, life isn’t like the movies.
Left broke and stranded in the middle of the country, she has no choice but to
accept the help of Walter Murchison, a Bible salesman who is just a little too
good at selling to be trusted.
Set in the 1950s against a backdrop of James Dean billboards
and jukeboxes blasting Elvis, Ellen Conford’s classic 1982 road novel takes
place over the course of five days as we follow the comic misadventures of
fifteen-year-old Sylvie on her way from New York to California, dreams of
celluloid stardom gleaming in her head.
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