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Flying Sparks : Growing Up on the Edge of Las Vegas


Manufacturer: Verso Books

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Odette Larson vividly recounts her adolescence on the edge of Las Vegas before it became the Disneyfied centre of family entertainment that it is today. She and her brothers would ride together on Odette's horse through the desert, reveling in the frontiers of this haunted geography, discovering the expanses that liberated them from the severity of their lives at home. There they would meet up with various characters, African-American cowboys, lascivious truckers, teenage runaways, smoke as many joints as they could get their hands on, and avoid the restrictions of parents who ruled with an iron fist and a community that treated them as outcasts. When Odette continued to rebel, she was sent to a mental hospital called Sparks, from which she made a spectacular escape with two convicted killers. These men were soon caught, leaving the twelve-year-old Odette alone on the streets of Oakland. Encounters with various men, one who enslaved her, one who liberated her, one who loved her, form the denouement to this extraordinary autobiography.

Published by Verso Books, 2001.


Product Code: 9781859846063

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