ABSOLUTELY GOLDEN: A NOVEL by D. Foy (*PREORDER with Ltd. Edition Button and Postcard)
Paperback, Sept. 2017
200 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9984339-6-7
*First 50 Pre-Orders of Absolutely Golden will receive a limited edition ‘We Are Erotical!’ button and Camp Freedom Lake postcard. Ships early September 2017.*
It’s 1973, and a thirty-something widow has been cajoled by a young hippie parasite into financing their vacation to a nudist colony in the Northern California mountains. The night before their departure, however, she arrives home to learn that she and this man will be accompanied by the stripper on his lap. At Camp Freedom Lake, the trio meet a womanizing evangelist, a bumbling Zen gardener, and a pair of aging drug-addled swingers from Holland. Together, they’re catapulted through one improbable event after the other, each stranger than the last, until finally the woman who was dominated by her fear of past and future finds herself reveling in the great here and now.
D. Foy’s Absolutely Golden is a radical departure from his two previous novels, Made to Break and Patricide. It’s comic, ebullient, magic, light, gently surrealistic. It’s rollicking, effervescent, slyly profound. But more, this brisk tale offers a kaleidoscopic look at parts of the 1970s we haven’t often seen in fiction—nudism, New Age philosophy, Eastern religion, the occult, swingers culture, California culture, and then some.
Best of all, Foy tells his story in the guise of a woman obsessed with the notion that she’ll never find another man until she’s rid of what she believes to be a mysterious curse. As if written in the marriage of Vladimir Nabokov, Renata Adler, and Anaïs Nin, her words transport us from doubt, despair, and dread into states of increasing wonder and euphoria.
“Imagine that Virginia Woolf fell asleep reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream and called up a fizzy time and place that didn’t yet exist: 1970s California. In Absolutely Golden, D. Foy—on whose sentences we can stake our lives—has distilled pure, mind-blowing enchantment.” —Nelly Reifler
“Absolutely Golden absolutely captures the hairy salaciousness of the 1970s in a tight, beautifully-rendered little package. Gyrating seamlessly between the hilarious and profound, D. Foy’s prose never falters, and the Vaseline-smeared lens he directs onto the subculture of naturism at its peak is at once unsparing and wonderfully doting. I loved this book.” —Augustus Rose