More than half a century ago, trying to find his way out of the chaos of a dysfunctional family that suffers from a dark secret, eighteen-year-old Jimmy Whistler joins the Marines and is sent to Hawaii, not yet a state, where he meets a fifteen-year-old girl, Leilani Kona, who turns out to be the love of his life, his own aSweet Leilani;a but, due to her age and his sense of honor, their love remains unconsummated. Later, shipped back to the mainland and discharged from the Marine Corps, Jimmy makes a false start in New York City as an actor, falling in with a show business crowd, and, still later, with a band of hippies, all the while trying to perfect his true calling as a writer who is attempting to discover order in a chaos that now appears to be not merely personal but public. How Jimmy and Leilani find each other again in the midst of this private and public chaos is a story both comic and tragic. A Portable Chaos is an historical novel that brings to life the transformation of the United States from the conforming Fifties to the volcanic social eruptions of the aswinginga Sixtiesafrom the private chaos of Jimmy Whistleras childhood to the public chaos of his youth, the former shaping himself, the latter shaping all Americans.Before that, when in New York, hea#39;d tried to meet Jimmy several times, but Jimmy had always somehow avoided the encounter. ... was called away, was sick, had to work, was draftedaany lie she could think up to save Jimmy the meeting and still not make her father suspicious. ... As if things werena#39;t complicated enough, Jimmya#39;s ain-lawsa were coming to New York on the same weekend on which Fay had invited ... Fay worked very hard on their supera#39;s basement apartment all week.
|Title||:||A Portable Chaos|
|Publisher||:||Author House - 2013-11-18|