This is a powerful portrayal of the claustrophobia of small-town California, and Mary Anne Reynolds is one of the most memorable characters Philip K Dick ever created. Mary Anne Reynolds is a young and vulnerable woman, determined to make her own way in the world. But Pacific Park, California, in the 1950s is not really the place for Mary. Her relationship with a black singer offends against the small town’s views on sexual mores and exposes its bigoted views on race.
Written in 1954, this novel was published only in 1987. Dick described the novel as: “A retelling of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with Schilling seduced and destroyed by a young woman.”
Orion Publishing, 2005 (1987/written 1954)