The Good Times Are All Gone Now: Life, Death, and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town
As the narrator returns to her hometown of Kellogg, Idaho, she has flashbacks of life as she knew it growing up there, with a little of the town’s colorful history thrown in. Her father is the town doctor, a saint in the eyes of his many patients. In reality he is also a frustrated drummer who opted for a “safe” future and drowns his regrets in alcohol and abuse. Her mother is an elegant woman, perhaps the prettiest woman in Kellogg. Many of the residents of Kellogg who appear, including friends, and teachers, are shown “as is,” virtues and warts intact.
Ms. Weston’s descriptions of place, time and people are vivid—a true portrait of small town America. This book has universal appeal. However, early Baby Boomers who, regardless of whether they grew up in mining towns in the West, farming villages in the Middle states, or industrial towns of the East, will recognize themselves, their friends, and their homes. This is truly a delightful story filled with coming-of-age nostalgia.