"After crafting uproarious tales about fatherhood (Social Blunders, 1995) and Washington sleaze (Honey Donít, 2003), Sandlin asks, What will the age of assisted living be like for boomers who longed for the Age of Aquarius? Itís 2022, and Guy Fontaine, a widower from Oklahoma, finds himself committed to a California old-folks facility where the flamboyant residents have reverted to the pursuits of their glory days, the late 1960s. Pot smoking, group sex, a rock band called Acid Reflux, cliques formed according to where you were during the Summer of Love, and the motto ďdonít trust anyone under sixtyĒ all make for a wild, sometimes grotesque milieu overseen by a bitchy director who treats the oldsters like idiot children and a staff doctor who overmedicates them. When Guy inadvertently jump-starts an insurrection, the old hippies, old hands at civil disobedience, take over the compound. Hilarious in the fine-tuned details and rapid-fire dialogue, Sandlinís antic yet precision-aimed and unfailingly entertaining novel is a mordantly witty, covertly poignant, and genuinely insightful dissection of our fear and loathing of old age." óDonna Seaman, Booklist

"Part Cuckoo's Nest, part Acid Test, and part Alamo, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty shows us that to awaken the passion and idealism we thought flatlined at thirty, we need only to slip it a dose of sunshine and poke it with stick of sandalwood. Tim Sandlin takes us on a comic flashback to the future that can give you the giggles and the willies at the same time. What a trip! Pound for pound, Timís stuff is as tight and funny as anyone doing this comedy novel thing." - Christopher Moore - best selling author

 "I loved the book. It is so emotionally affecting, tender, and satirical. It is probably one of my favorites of yours ó it's a wonderful read. I loved the character of Guy and found his story to be particularly heartbreaking." - Alix Madigan ó Anonymous Content

"This book is WONDERFUL. It struck such a chord in me. Its a little ahead of where I am but the questions are the same...I am not going to make sense with how I feel or how powerful and life affirming and sad and happy this book was for me but, I truly, deeply love it." - Mary Crosby "Unlike other satirical writers, Sandlin never loses his sense of empathy, investing his aging boomer misfits with dignity despite the farcical senior-citizens on-acid (literally) plot." - Adriana Leshko, Washington Post

"I started loving this book the moment I read the author's note and I never stopped. The ending is happy and sad and beautiful and as perfect as is possible in this imperfect world. We boomers are headed into the nursing homes soon enough; now we have something to read in the waiting room.    Tim's comedy is, as always, sharp, stinging, and yet ultimately generous. In his hands the rhetoric and hopes of the sixties are simultaneously ludicrous and beautiful, his characters both ridiculous and admirable. And it's a page-turner!"  - Karen Joy Fowler, NY Times best selling author of The Jane Austen Book Club


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    "Tim Sandlinís new novel, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty, makes you scared shitless of growing old while looking forward to it at the same time. He states that sometime in the future, librarians will move this book from fiction to non-fiction, and I have every inclination to believe him. No matter how bizarre some of the turns in this book; itís not hard to think that this could be real, right down to Drew Barrymore as Governor of California.

Imagine hippies and boomers, who started a whole new counter culture, getting so old that their children think they canít take care of themselves anymore. An assisted living facility is just what these people have rebelled against their whole lives: the establishment. Here they are, older, wiser (most of the time) and with much more worldly experience than the ones taking care of them. Now they are part of a booming business, with their children all too eager to drop them off, take their money and discard them once and for all.

Thrown right into the middle of all this is Guy Fontaine. Unlike the other residents, he was never a hippie, never did drugs or protested, and wasnít at Woodstock. Heís from Oklahoma after all. But one trait they all share is that they know for sure, yet refuse to believe that they are getting old before their time. When a residentís cat is confiscated, and the shit hits the fan at Mission Pescadero, Guy finds himself as the unlikely leader of the aging bunch, who prove that they still have plenty to offer, with mostly hilarious and sometimes tragic results.

Throw in Viagra, LSD, pot, orgies, protests, rock concerts, dementia, Alzheimerís, catheters and more outrageous characters than any other Sandlin book, and youíve got a novel destined to bridge the gap between generations. Iíve never before read a book that I could recommend to my sixty year-old father, my fifty year-old uncle, my forty year-old friend, my thirty-year old wife and my twenty year-old brother. And once they read it, Iím sure there are many more people of different ages that they would recommend it to. And the reason is that Timís themes are universal without being set in a conventional setting. Amidst all the craziness going around at the facility, new love is found, death is dealt with, friendships are made and broken, and happiness is both a fleeting memory and also right around the corner. Within ten pages of this book, I went from snorting out loud laughing to being choked up with tears. And not just once, but consistently throughout. Tim is one of those rare authors that makes me have feelings that are almost identical to those Iíve had in actual life situations, kind of like a karmic deja vu." - Curt Pasisz, www.timsandlin.com



"Tim Sandlin has long been one of our most engaging novelists and the new book proves that he has not lost his touch. It's a fine read, and its tone lingers." - Larry McMurtry

    "Though Jimi doesn't make an appearance in this near-future satire, Sandlin (Skipped Parts; Sorrow Floats) has fun with his surviving fans. The year is 2022 (the year Jimi would have turned 80), and strait-laced retiree Guy Fontaine, at his daughter's behest, moves into the Mission Pescadero nursing home, where aged hippies, former radicals and random California nutjobs refused to give up their sex, drugs and rock and roll. Guy is stricken with an acute case of culture shock, but gets over it with the help of a few friendly residents who aren't living in a perpetual summer of love. But just as Guy is getting into the scene, the residents take control of the facility to protest the lack of respect they receive from their families, doctors and the home's administrators. Though not all of the humor works across generations (chants of "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh. AARP is gonna win"), most does, and the action, thankfully, is far from bingo night and crafts hour." - Publisher's Weekly

    "I picked up a manuscript of Tim Sandlinís novel Jimi Hendrix Turns 80 just at the right time: not only is it funny, but it imagines a future, because thatís where itís set. Sandlinís characters all live or work in Mission Pescadero, a retirement community in California, in the year 2023; almost all the old folk are pot-smoking, sexually incontinent hippies who have been sleeping with each other, and arguing with each other (quite often about the original line-up of Blue Cheer) for decades. The in-house band that plays covers at the Friday night sock hop is called Acid Reflux, which may well be the most perfect fictional band name Iíve ever come across.

The residents of Mission Pescadero, sick of being tranquillized and denied privileges by the authoritarian staff, stage a revolution and seize control, but Jimi Hendrix Turns 80 is not the sort of satire that loses its soul in an attempt to crank up the pace, and nor does it waste its characters while wrapping up its narrative. And, of course, it would have been unreadable if it had attempted to patronize or poke fun at the old, or the ageing process, but it never does that. Sandlin can see that there is a kind of gruesome comedy in what happens to us, but the humor is never mean, and he loves his people too much not to understand that their grief and nostalgia and frustration is real. This clever novel slipped down easily, and provided real refreshment in this vicious, stupefying (and, Elizabth Kolbert has taught me, probably sinister) London summer." - Nick Hornby