Sister Golden Hair

Sister Golden Hair

Darcey Steinke / Aug 25, 2019

Sister Golden Hair When Jesse s family moves to Roanoke Virginia in the summer of she s years old and already mindful of the schism between innocence and femininity the gap between childhood and the adult wo

  • Title: Sister Golden Hair
  • Author: Darcey Steinke
  • ISBN: 9781935639947
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Jesse s family moves to Roanoke, Virginia, in the summer of 1972, she s 12 years old and already mindful of the schism between innocence and femininity, the gap between childhood and the adult world Her father, a former pastor, cycles through spiritual disciplines as quickly as he cycles through jobs Her mother is dissatisfied, glumly fetishizing the Kennedys and anWhen Jesse s family moves to Roanoke, Virginia, in the summer of 1972, she s 12 years old and already mindful of the schism between innocence and femininity, the gap between childhood and the adult world Her father, a former pastor, cycles through spiritual disciplines as quickly as he cycles through jobs Her mother is dissatisfied, glumly fetishizing the Kennedys and anyone else that symbolizes status and wealth The residents of the Bent Tree housing development may not hold what Jesse is looking for, but they re all she s got Her neighbor speaks of her married lover her classmate playacts being a Bunny at Hugh Hefner s Playboy Club the boy she s interested in fantasizes about moving to Hollywood and befriending David Soul In the midst of it all, Jesse finds space to set up her room with her secret treasures busts of Emily Dickinson and Shakespeare, a Venus flytrap, her Cher 45s, and The Big Book of Burial Rites, which she reads obsessively But outside awaits all the misleading sexual s, muddled social customs, and confused spirituality Girlhood has never been fraught than in Jesse s telling, its expectations threatening to turn at any point into delicious risk, or real danger.

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      • Darcey Steinke

        Darcey Steinke is the daughter of a Lutheran minister She grew up in upstate New York Connecticut Philadelphia and Roanoke, Virginia She is a graduate of Cave Spring High School, Goucher College, and the University of Virginia, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing She also completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University Steinke teaches creative writing at Princeton University, the American University of Paris, and in the graduate programs at New School University and Columbia University She previously taught at the University of Mississippi, where she was a writer in residence, and at Barnard College Steinke lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the investigative journalist Michael Hudson, and her daughter Abbie.


    1. Sister Golden Hair is a coming-of-age book. Nothing new there; coming-of-age books, including Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, Skippy Dies, She’s Come Undone, This Boy’s Life, A Prayer for Owen Meany and so on – have long been staples of American and world literature.In fact, there are so many great coming-of-age books around that I always approach a new one somewhat skeptically. Fortunately, Darcey Steinke has a good story to tell and she tells it well.Pre-teen Jesse is a child [...]

    2. I was a young teen in 1972, just a little older than the narrator, Jesse, in Darcey Steinke’s new novel, “Sister Golden Hair”. Is this historical fiction? You be the judge, but for me it was a wonderful evocation of memories from that era:• Hitchhiking Hippies!• The controversy over the war in Vietnam• Nixon• Baby oil and iodine for a tan• No seat belts in older cars• Young girls loving, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (I hope they still do!)• “American Pie” on every radio [...]

    3. I just finished reading this and I am mad as fuck! That ending had me likeI’m sorry Darcey but that ending was trash and unfulfilling. MAYBE there was a deeper connective meaning to everything else that happened in the story which she was shooting for but that certainly did not work for me. Like how you gonna cut everything off like that? Do you not care about the reader’s feels and connection to the characters and to the story?? Like could i have had more closure?? That was all i was asking [...]

    4. Love a coming of age story. Love a story set in the 1970s. This is both. This is told from the point of view of 12 (when the book starts) year old Jesse, whose father has left the church and is now lying on the couch reading Alan Watts books (I know, I know, I'd totally date him too), with the whole family having moved to a new house no location. The story is told through her relationships with other people which makes it a little disjointed, but perhaps more realistic. I really enjoyed reading [...]

    5. Original review can be found at kristineandterri/2I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Tin House Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!This book is definitely a coming of age story about Jesse from the age of twelve to fifteen. It begins with her family in limbo after her father loses his job as a pastor. After travelling from place to place they end up in a duplex in the Bent Tree housing development. From here Jesse struggles with all different kinds [...]

    6. I thought I would love this book - because I'm the same age as the main character and wanted a chance to re-live the 70s through the vignettes of her life. Some of it was lovely - endearing and observant. Really did identify with Jesse, (although her name is spelled with the male variation which is weird). The author need to pay a bit more attention to her fact checking though - Lynard Skynard were not yet big in 1972 and Earth Shoes came later in the 70s - and did not exist as a fasion trend in [...]

    7. I usually enjoy coming of age stories. Not this one. I kept reading and waiting for something to happen but it never did. Is there some deep religious theme I missed? Because religion kept coming up. My one word review? Meh.

    8. Oh, wow. This is in my top five of 2014. This was like time traveling to the 70's. If you liked this, try In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard or Miss American Pie by Margaret Sartor.

    9. I’ve read enough Darcey Steinke that parts of this felt familiar: The Instagram filter backdrop, the religious figure of a father, the voice of the narrator -- a young, curious girl with her own shade of humor. This one uses familiar ingredients to create something new, fun and nostalgia-inducing.Steinke’s coming-of-age novel “Sister Golden Hair” is a delicious collection of stories about Jesse, a young girl growing up in an apartment complex in suburban Virginia. It’s a place where it [...]

    10. The strongest element of this book was the nostalgic walk through the 1970s era it provides. This alone makes up somewhat for the strange, seemingly aimless plot. Jesse is 12 years old in 1972 and attempting to navigate the confusing world of her unhappy parents, her depressing neighborhood, her peers, and her own sexuality. Each chapter focuses on her relationship with a person in her neighborhood. Just when that relationship is starting to flesh out and a plot developing, the author drops it a [...]

    11. The story in this novel falls outside the mainstream usual narrative we get in popular fiction about the lives of girls. While I find much to enjoy in some of the popular fiction I read, I don't often find myself, so I tend to gravitate towards a book like Sister Golden Hair.In 1972, Jesse is 12 years old when her family moves to Roanoke, Virginia. Her father had been a Methodist minister who was an early adopter of long hair, folk music played in the church service, Gestalt workshops for parish [...]

    12. Although it wasn't particularly lengthy, it felt aimless and rambling. People came and went during the narrative with no explanation as to where they went or why. Although I have seen the technique of having a chapter for each character, or even separate characters narrating each chapter, in this book it just didn't work. To me, it had the effect of introducing each character, we got to know and love them, then they were abandoned without explanation or fanfare.Lots of questions arose and were l [...]

    13. I love coming of age novels set in the 1970s, my own childhood years. If you enjoy these types of books as much as I do, try Ticket to Ride by Paula McLain, An Egg on Three Sticks by Jackie Fischer, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau, and A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne.

    14. If you want to read a book that invokes a time and place perfectly;read "Sister Golden Hair". It's 1972 & 12 year old Jesse's father has just left the ministry so she and her family;her now-disillusioned with organized religion dad,depressed,status-obsessed mom & younger brother Phillip move from Philadelphia to Roanoke,Virginia after her dad accepts a job counseling at the local Psychiatric Hospital. The family moves into a Condo Development called,appropriately, Bent Tree. Gawky & [...]

    15. Steinke's '70s coming-of-age novel is told through adolescent Jesse's attachment to four separate friends (whose names section the novel), all of whom are sometime residents in Jesse's downmarket Virginia apartment complex, Bent Tree. Together these characters construct something of a universal adolescent '70s for us. Everything both loveable and unfortunate from that era is here, from the messiest kind of parental dysfunction to the skeeviest dentists to corduroy jeans and Camaros(?) (with Skyn [...]

    16. Not knowing her other books, I can't say how typical/atypical this particular item is. NEVERTHELESS, the Author gets it right: the voice of her narrator/protagonist ("Jesse"), the time, the place. As a reader, I tend towards the memoir and the memoiresque - the Price of Salt, Rat Girl, anything by Heather Lewis and, by those lights, this is one for the ages. Steinke manages to give us poetry - and, sure, Heavy Thoughts - without straining towards the "literary": we're inside, after all, the unmi [...]

    17. Full disclosure: The author was my RA in the 80s in college. She probably doesn't remember me, but I remember her.This book is like a time capsule on two levels: One, the period in which it is set -- the 1970s -- with its hippie/disco aesthetic and ideals Two, the period of the narrator's life in which it is set -- ages 12 to 15. Both of these gave me the feeling that, even I'm no longer living in either, they're still with me.I'm not sure if that even makes sense, but I could identify with so m [...]

    18. Named after one of America's catchiest songs, there was no way I wasn't going to love this. Full of glorious period detail of a 70's adolescence, and all the disaffection and dreaminess of being a teenage girl, Steinke follows the progress of Jesse through the people that matter most to her in each stage of her coming of age. Through these people (her best freind,the neighbour she obsesses over) she learns how to navigate the traumas of being an outsider and a girl, and it all felt real and pain [...]

    19. A beautifully written, painfully recognizable account of adolescent misery--that's touched with enough grace and even a hiiint of magical realism (in tone, not content, if you know what I mean) that you don't get too bogged down in the sadness of new body hair and teenaged pecking orders to keep reading. If you were that awkward schoolkid with the bruised knees, age-inappropriate belief in magic, and utterly wrong clothes, you have to read this. If you can bear it.

    20. This tender novel made me remember things about being a kid that I had forgotten. Steinke possesses the mind of her main character so well, I don't believe that she isn't real. And when I say tender, I mean tender in the most heart-breakable way - growing up in the 70's in a struggling family, economically and internally. She describes pre-pubescent relationships honestly, especially girl friendships, which is tough to portray. Again, I don't believe these characters aren't real people.

    21. inside the head and life of a junior high girl in 1972, has interesting interweaving and questioning of usa born-again type chistianity and ram dass ideas of being one/being no-one.lots of period details and musicthough practically plotless, or at lest as tight a plot as a 12 year old's life could have, a very readable story/style, but somehow neither very pathetic or empathetic but i think steinke fans will go wild over this

    22. This is a coming of age book and I found the narrator to be incredibly interesting and real. One of a rare few books I've read lately that I wanted to sit and read all the way through not just to see what happens but to enjoy the style. This was my first read on my new Kindle and I had some fun using the highlight function. So many strange and beautiful lines.

    23. Sister Golden Hair was a really good story, taking place in 1972 and featuring a girl who is sort of out-of-place in the world but soon finds something worth it. It was funny at times and at other times really intriguing, and the plot was very creative.

    24. I really enjoyed this story of a 12 year old girl growing up Roanoke Virginia in the summer of 1972. It has a wonderful mix of family characters and friends. I felt it really captured the girls feelings. A terrific read.

    25. Last Spring, I attended the AWP conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference included an enormous book fair with over 800 exhibitors. It was both a paradise and completely overwhelming. I brought a large messenger bag, and all three days, I filled it with purchases. It was so heavy, I thought the bag was going to rip! I was most excited for the Tin House Books booth. Tin House is one of my favorite publishers, and now that I live in Portland, I can confirm that it is the very [...]

    26. Sister Golden Hair knocked me away with subtle magic. Set so deep in a specific time – the early 1970s – the story’s star, 12-year-old Jesse embodies a generation, a feeling, a society on the edge of change.1972. As her father abandons his position as minister, Jesse and her family move to Virginia, into a life of less luxury, less glory and less direction than anyone in the group is used to. Jesse’s mother idolizes the Kennedys, the rich, those still in the plush of society while her fa [...]

    27. Steinke's novel follows Jesse, a precocious adolescent, who has arrived in Roanoke, Virginia with her family after her father has left his position as a Methodist pastor. The family is hoping for a new start but the strains of her parents' marriage & Jesse's own awkward coming-of-age quickly reveals the trials they must face. Jesse's father is spiritually adrift, dabbling in various philosophies while trying to help other unfortunates. Jesse's mother is bored & dissatisfied as a housewif [...]

    28. In many ways this novel reminds me of Atkinson's Life After Life, for Jesse, Steinke's young protagonist, undergoes different scenes in learning from experience after experience. This is not to say, however, that Sister Golden Hair uses fantastical elements as did Atkinson's novel. The situation in Sister is this: there are six sections, five of which are devoted to Jesse's sequential friends, four females and one male. Each friend pushes Jesse in one direction or another. Though all the section [...]

    29. This story takes place in the 70's. Jessie is a pre-teen attempting to define herself and trying to find her place in the world. There are many issues. Her father was a minister who had fell away from the church. It is clear that she misses the lifestyle that she had. Her father begins working and as he is working he himself is trying to find a belief system apart from God. Her mother sets up her shrine on the alter of consumerism and status. With these two role models, Jessie starts to worship [...]

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