Flutter: southern gothic fever dream is the story of Sylvia Dandridge, a sixteen year old in 1883 Pensacola dying of scarlet fever. She’s a survivor of the yellow fever epidemic and many maladies of childhood that have left her isolated and her imagination full and fertile with friends and fantasies. During the fever dreams of the scarlet fever, Sylvia Dandridge’s imagination reaches its peak with the creation of spectral mermaids, a boyish bee demon who woos her and she believes changes her to a flower. She has visions of infants hanging in baskets from a lemon tree, and all of her visions become real for the reader. They actually outlive the storyteller as is the way of art — powerful art. We follow these creations to their ends long past the demise of Sylvia Dandridge on Longleaf Estate.
Here are some words about Flutter from V.C. McCabe: