Author: Karen Mueller Bryson
Rating: You Want To Read
Reviewed By: Nerine
Dorothy Gale Robinson, an aspiring actress, is the daughter of hippie parents with a passion for old movies. When her father is killed suddenly while sipping a non-fat decaf mocha latte at a local coffee shop, Dorothy’s life is turned upside down. After an unconventional dispersing of her father’s ashes at the Universal Studios’ Psycho House, Dorothy’s mother decides to sell all her worldly possessions and join a New Age cult headquartered in Banff, Canada. Of course, Dorothy’s twin brother, Jude, is too busy with his law firm to help Dorothy save their mother from the clutches of the sinister cult, so she seeks the aid of her new boyfriend, Lahrs, and a cult-buster, Mervyn O’Roy, who just happens to look like Mickey Rooney. The motley trio venture from Florida to Banff, in search of Dorothy’s mother and a little romance in the Canadian Rockies.
Dorothy’s parents had a bit of a fixation with the Wizard of Oz—hence her name—but her life is about to be turned upside down after her father is killed in freak accident in a coffee shop. What follows is a sometimes poignant but mainly humorous slice of life that follows a coming of age scenario for the protagonist.
Dorothy’s mother gets involved in some sort of New Age cult and Dorothy, aided by the new beau in her life as well as a cult-buster, embark on a trip to Canada to intervene. To be honest, there isn’t much in the way of conflict in this novel, but its quirkiness makes up for this lack of tension. What I did enjoy was Dorothy’s very personable voice. I felt like I was sitting in the room listening to her share her doings—as if she was a close girlfriend. The dialogue is snappy and I smiled a bit while I read.
My overall feeling is that there’s not a helluva lot of substance to this offering, but if you’re looking for a quirky, amusing read, Hey Dorothy You’re Not in Kansas Anymore should appeal. It’s a light-hearted recounting of a woman’s reality check that should be worth a few quiet chuckles.