The Hippies who Meant It tells the story of three young people who dropped out — or were thrown out — of the 50s culture in which they had been raised. Reacting against the machinery of the Vietnam war, Beth, Joe and Dick homestead on the North Mountain of Nova Scotia, bringing with them equal parts of courage and naïveté. The novel is a love story and a reflection on a decade of experimentation in sex, love and commitment that foreshadows the present.
Here is one of the illustrations Shirley Mackenzie drew for River of Stones, which will be launched in the next few days. When I looked at her first draft, a host of objections swarmed into my mind. Where were the … Continue reading →