Or is she?
Meanwhile in 1993, eccentric DJ Jim Fleetwood is rooming with Celestial Mitchell, who now goes by the name of Sally. While remaining a perfect gentlemen during his weeks of couch camping, Jim overhears Sally talking in her sleep and deduces that her mother disappeared in 1968 (!). And in the time since his discovery, something about Sally seems…a little strange.
It’s the setup for an adventure that is truly a joy to read. That’s in no small part due to Jim Fleetwood, whom author Thomas Davidson has anchored a series around. Fleetwood describes himself as “a musical curator taking people through the U-turn Time Machine.” Fleetwood easily out-geeks even the great music nerds in Nick Hornby’s classic High Fidelity. It’s not just that he can rattle off even the most obscure bands’ discography (Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes, anyone?). While his musical obsession mires him in poverty, his gift for tuning into life’s more undiscovered frequencies make him something of a sage.
How did he get this way? Sally explains it this way: “His mother delivered him the very night, the very hour that Elvis first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Jim said it was ‘harmonic convergence.’”
But at heart, this is Linda’s story. Why has Linda time-traveled to the future? Will she be able to unite her family? And if and when she does, where and when will that be?