Jane’s Pick: Stingray Afternoons by Steve Rushin
Nice easy summer read – especially if you grew up in the 70s. Although technically a coming of age story, this book reads more like a stream of conscious nostalgia ride through various pop culture artifacts of 1970s Americana. Rushin hops from one item to the next, leap frogging with just a bare minimum of segue or connection between subjects. The connection comes from how Rushin writes – with warmth and humor and how he evokes being a child in that particular time and place. Rushin’s family bond is strong and the characters jump off the page as the reader jumps back into time. I got an additional kick out of the surreal feeling of seeing how similar his family photos look to mine from that time.
This book is not spine tingling or edge of your seat storytelling, no, the real fun of this book is taking a cruise down memory lane – on a Radiant Coppertone Schwinn Sting-Ray, of course!