Family Drama; Fantasy; Horror or Gothic Fiction
It's pretty easy to see why Dandelion Wine
should be classified as a family drama—you'd have drama, too, if your parents
lived next door to your grandparents and they all ran a boarding house
together. Back in 1928, families tended to stick together more than they do
now. People weren't as mobile; they didn't just find a new job on Craigslist,
book a cheap one-way ticket on Priceline, and go off to start a new life.
Remember: Miss Fern and Miss
Roberta are willing to pay ten bucks a month (which is a whole lot more in
today's dollars) for a vehicle that maxes out at fifteen miles per hour. In
short, no one's going anywhere fast. And with so much family in the mix, enough
of this plot is driven by interactions between family members that it lands in
the family drama genre.
And then, of course, there's a
serial killer on the loose in Dandelion
Wine, too. And while Miss Fern and Miss Roberta's vehicle payment might
seem terrifying, dead bodies with bulging eyes and lolling tongues are way more
horrifying. So there's definitely a feeling of dread in this book, which means
it also hangs out in the horror/gothic fiction arena.
As for fantasy,
well, Mr. Auffmann builds a virtual reality device in the garage out of scrap
metal and orange paint, Mr. Jonas bottles magical healing air potions, and
Clara Goodwater wins the presidency of the Honeysuckle Ladies' Lodge with
voodoo. Enough said.