Summary: “A young woman searches for her missing twin sister in a foreign country called America. On the road, she encounters a series of strangers who help her navigate its topography, including a cowboy in a pink Cadillac, a sadistic law enforcement agent, a pulp fiction novelist, the regulars at a nuclear bomb-themed dive bar, and a man who befriends mannequins.”
“Sweet Dream, Silver Screen” is about twin sisters: one missing, and one trying to find her. It’s an incredibly pulpy, entertaining story that moves quickly. I loved the quirky details like the sisters’ names: did they dye their hair to match their names, or did they change their names to match their hair? I liked the searching twin, Scarlett, quite a bit. Her sister, Violet, asked for her help and she’s finally coming through, only it might be too late. Violet has moved on and her trail is almost cold. Scarlett is a tough bitch, though, and she isn’t easily diverted from her goal.
This is the kind of down-homey, hardcore story that is very West Coast USA. As a whole, it’s fairly bizarre but not hard to follow, carefree but not watered down.
Something else that’s worth mentioning is the author’s website, where there are playlists posted that correspond to each novel, sort of like a soundtrack for the book. This is something I found to be awesome, and it’s nice that the author took the time to do this. Great idea.
The Bottom Line: This isn’t for everyone. It has sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, and violence. If you’re not sensitive, you’ll like it.