The 1960s was a decade full of change. It saw the widespread development of the Civil Rights movement, the protests against the Vietnam War, and the rise of feminism and gay liberation. For Carol Brenner, however, the 1960s was the decade that destroyed her life. The decade changed her from a shy and nervous schoolgirl worried about her best friend moving away to a cynical feminist, atheist, and an outspoken opposer of the Vietnam War as well as the discrimination of other races. As well as changing her beliefs, the decade also knocked down her emotional walls, leaving her much more vulnerable and emotionally unstable. By 1979, she has spent a decade recovering and attempting to make peace with what the years had done to her, even going so far as trying to shut the memories from her mind completely. This seems to be working until her youngest brother George holds a family reunion at his Dallas home in 1979. There she learns that George is also struggling to cope with those years, though is unable to move on because he was a child at the time and does not remember the years well. Having practically raised her brother after her mother's diagnosis of post-partum depression, she decides to explain to him the years that lead up to and followed the destruction of their lives.
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