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By Catherine James

Catherine James’s courting along with her younger, appealing, and wickedly irresponsible mom trained her la formative years. Neglected—she will be strapped to a chair at evening whereas her mom cavorted at the sundown Strip—Catherine longed no longer for normalcy, yet only for the opportunity to break out. To break out to her cherished grandmother Mimi or to her glamorous Aunt Claire’s, a Hollywood model of gray Gardens stuff with racks of the previous attractiveness 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 rushing race-car motive force who have been out of her lifestyles nearly because the day she was once born. or maybe to escape to varsity, the place she may at the least be treated. as an alternative, Catherine was once deserted via her livid mom to turn into a ward of the country prior to she reached her teens.

It wasn’t until eventually 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 during the eye of a needle, as Catherine experiments with Eric Clapton; a peek in the course of the viewfinder of a Polaroid, as Catherine is taken up by way of the gorgeous humans in Andy Warhol’s manufacturing facility; and a glimpse via a haze of smoke, as she starts romances with rockers like Jackson Browne and Jimmy Page.

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

Moving and stunning 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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