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By Catherine James

Catherine James’s courting along with her younger, appealing, and wickedly irresponsible mom expert her la formative years. Neglected—she will be strapped to a chair at evening whereas her mom cavorted at the sundown Strip—Catherine longed now not for normalcy, yet only for the opportunity to break out. To escape to her cherished grandmother Mimi or to her glamorous Aunt Claire’s, a Hollywood model of gray Gardens stuff with racks of the previous good looks queen’s Nineteen Thirties ball robes and stories of grand events with Claire’s ex-husband, Busby Berkeley. To break out to her father, a speeding race-car driving force who were out of her lifestyles virtually because the day she used to be born. or maybe to break out to college, the place she may not less than be treated. in its place, Catherine used to be deserted by means of her livid mom to turn into a ward of the kingdom ahead of she reached her teens.

It wasn’t till an opportunity assembly with a truly younger Bob Dylan that Catherine used to be encouraged to make her escape—as a true runaway, breaking out of the California orphanage with just one aim: to get to Greenwich Village in New York.

Dandelion then turns into a glance throughout the eye of a needle, as Catherine experiments with Eric Clapton; a peek during the viewfinder of a Polaroid, as Catherine is taken up through the gorgeous humans in Andy Warhol’s manufacturing unit; and a glimpse via a haze of smoke, as she starts off romances with rockers like Jackson Browne and Jimmy Page.

While elevating her son, whose father was once Denny Laine of the Moody Blues, Catherine ultimately returns to her West Coast roots, reconnects together with her family members, and discovers that her mom hasn’t replaced yet her father has: He’s turn into a heartbreakingly garish transsexual.

Moving and surprising by way of turns, Dandelion is a very various view of a celebrated popular culture scene and of a dramatic mother-daughter relationship.

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