Adrift in the Sound

Fiction - Cultural
344 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2012
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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

It is Feburary 2, 1973, and in the state of Washington, Lizette Karlson comes home to her father, famed anthropologist Einar Karlson. Lizette has overwhelming problems including the fact that she was attacked and raped a few months before. Mentally frail but highly artistic Lizette recalls her father talking to university students in their living room while her mother served cookies before heading out to her art studio in the back garden. Lizette's father doesn't deal well with her mental problems and so Lizette heads to the two old homes where Norwegian fishermen once lived but which now are gathering places for junkies, losers and a wannabe baseball team, the Dogs. Lizette cleans house but the residents, including Sandy the go-go girl, feel that Lizette is crazy, for she makes animal noises and flaps her arms like a bird. Lizette then heads to stay at the shepherd's shack at her friend Marian's. Kind-hearted Marian gets Lizette to take her medicine, bathes her and works on getting Lizette to eat properly. What is it that has beaten down talented Lizette Karlson?

"Adrift in the Sound" by author Kate Campbell is a highly well-written story of the early 1970's when the Vietnam conflict and the "hippie" movement were up there front and center. The main character Lizette is frail mentally but strong in her sometimes off-based opinions of the world around her. Her friends Rocket the barge worker, Marian, Native American Poland and his wife Abaya, Sandy, and all the other characters, suit this story of a talented young girl being driven to the edge by family jealousy. That author Campbell has created a readable, delightful story around the way counter-culture people actually lived makes "Adrift in the Sound" a must read for everyone everywhere.