Anyone who came of age during the turbulent 1960s will immediately relate to the novel Don’t Think Twice by prolific Saskatchewan author, Alison Lohans.
It is challenging enough to write a smoothly flowing story that is set in just one time period but Lohans takes on the difficult writer’s task of merging dual stories from two different eras. The plots swing seamlessly from 1967 to 1997 and merge to form a unified and smooth conclusion.
Jan, a middle aged mother is frantically searching for her rebellious, runaway daughter, Lisa. She discovers that writing a journal to her daughter expressing her own emotions helps to alleviate her worries and fears about her daughter’s well being and safety. Jan shares her innermost feelings and explains how she survived her own tumultuous youth. She tells the story of how she met Lisa’s father Rob when they were both teenagers growing up in rural California. Jan became close to his family and explains how their views and liberal lifestyle impacted her own political beliefs and ideas. She also shares the story of the devastating family tragedy that forever changed their lives.
Alison Lohans is a master storyteller who knows how to capture her audience from the first page. Her characters are authentic, believable and more importantly, likable. She leaves the reader with the message that the search to find yourself spans generations. Lohans also uses a valuable tool by incorporating real historical events into her fictional tale. She also emphasizes how political and cultural changes within society affect the paths we choose to follow and how those paths ultimately shape our lives and define who we are and who we will become as adults.
This novel will stir up old memories for the baby boomer reader and also offer an eye opening, realistic view to young readers about an era that so profoundly impacted our society.
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