Mimi Cox is a naive Catholic schoolgirl when she explodes on the American counterculture scene in 1968. Rejecting the discipline taught by nuns at her high school, she invents her own trans-formational quest for beauty and truth in a series of increasingly shocking escapades. With her first love Max and their pet monkey, Mimi aggressively pursues the temptations offered by the anti-establishment movement. These indulgences, including the sins of free love, drugs, and rock-and-roll, are a dangerous twist, producing conflict with her moral background. And through a haze of fear and self-loathing from her freewheeling irreverence, she inevitably places herself between the forces of self-destruction and redemption. As Mimi discovers her own truths, the reader compassionately witnesses heartfelt acknowledgements about her inadequacies and the consequences of her choices. A complex and emotionally rewarding memoir that immerses the reader in an accurate depiction of one of the most revolutionary times in US culture, Halcyon Haze is a must read for anyone contemplating the merits or costs of pure frrdom.
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