What You See in the Dark

What You See in the Dark

eBook - 2011
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Bakersfield, California, in the late 1950s is a dusty, quiet town too far from Los Angeles to share that city s energy yet close enough to Hollywood to fill its citizens with the kinds of dreams they discover in the darkness of the movie theater. For Teresa, a young, aspiring singer who works at a shoe store, dreams lie in the music her mother shared with her, plaintive songs of love and longing. In Dan Watson, the most desirable young man in Bakersfield, she believes she has found someone to help her realize those dreams.When a famous actress arrives from Hollywood with a great and already legendary director, local gossip about Teresa and Dan gives way to speculation about the celebrated visitors, there to work on what will become an iconic, groundbreaking film of madness and murder at a roadside motel. No one anticipates how the ill-fated love affair between Dan and Teresa will soon rival anything the director could ever put on the screen.This thoroughly original work is intense and fascinating in its juxtapositions of tenderness and menace, violence and regret, played out in a town on the brink of change.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616200596
Branch Call Number: ONLINE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (251 pages)


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Aug 09, 2015

Atmospheric take on the changes that occurred in America as the straight-laced, two-lane 50's melted into the asphalt of the free-wheeling, freeway 60's. The story presents linked and overlapping plot lines of tragic lives in Bakersfield, California woven into the making of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". At times, the descriptions of the film become tedious, at least for anyone who has seen it, but the aches, regrets and insecurities of the characters are genuine and well developed. Recommended.

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