"A drug, gasoline, and mysticism fueled trip ... a beautifully written tale of the journey as a long, hypnotic destination ... one amazing tale after another." - M.Christian, editor of the Mammoth Book of the Tales of the Road.
Jaymo Mahoney knew only one law – do whatever it takes to get high. Vietnam was behind him. Before him lay the new America – a psychedelic universe of wild adventures, close escapes, endless spliffs, marathons of lovemaking, nights of laughing so hard his guts hurt in the morning, and the omnipresent, ecstatic music that supplied the driving beat of the time. Kick-starting his motorcycle, Jaymo Mahoney was ready... It was going to be the Summer of Love all the time! But to survive, he would need a little help from his friends! A sensitive, insightful literary work that captures the 1960s from the inside. Unapologetic. Celebratory.
"If you liked Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, you’ll love John Dooley’s humorous and adventurous novel cut from a Vietnam combat veteran’s return home with empty pockets, marijuana pipedreams, and psychedelic drugs. There are motorcycles, black marketeering, clashes with the law – lovers, laughs, fun, warts-and-all characters, and enough wild sex to make Kama Sutra readers blush."
—Big Jim Williams, author, Tall Tales of the Old West.
"Vividly described characters ... splendid writing ... full of amusing surprises and twists ... a gripping account of sincere and rowdy camaraderie. J.P. Dooley takes us on a magic carpet ride into the experiences of a veteran who returns to hippie life – one of the most iconic eras of the 20th century. Like the time it portrays, Getting High is hilarious—I laughed out loud."
—Judy Pearce, journalist, columnist.
"Captures the era of free-love, hippies and psychedelic adventurers as experienced with a ferocity that has no fear of death (but with a knowledgeable and healthy respect for the scourging and crucifixion). Literary and engaging, these tales and characters are just too real to be entirely fictive. If you weren't there then, you've gotta see what it was like, and if you were it is just as amazing, profound and knee-slapping funny as you'd remember if you could."
—Barnes & Noble 5-star customer review
About the Author
J.P. Dooley is a California native, graduate of the University, classicist, anthropologist, surfer, and soldier of the Vietnam War; peacenik, hippie, fisherman, forester; diver, landscaper, postman, climber; musician, painter, world traveler, and writer of historical fiction. He lives off the grid, solar power and candles, where the pavement ends and the always-world begins.
He has experienced, and his stories feature, a constant mix of high and low: prurient lust and the transmigration of souls, the mind-trap of human incarnation and the sensuous freedom of being one with everything; the edges of reality—large other-dimensional beings with wings on their heads, fluid time, infinite space, the “Charlie Weaver Effect”—and that warm feeling of sitting close, bodies touching, laughing about nothing at all.
John Dooley is married and has two children and a cat. He’s a Virgo. He loves Europe and hopes to live there eventually. He remembers to have fun every day.