Swift, sharply comic and often heartbreaking, Sister Golden Hair is a wonderful novel. Darcey Steinke’s eye for the telling detail and her terrific comic timing bring the gawky preteen to life. Step into young Jesse’s head, and you’re 12 years old again and heading into junior high, with all the excitement and misery that implies.
The time is August 1972, around the time the ’60s revolution peaked. Once again, Jesse’s family is on the move. “The reason was, my father told us, that there were not many jobs for defrocked ministers,” Jesse says.