A troubled family living near atomic test sites in Nevada is the subject of this flawed but well-acted production. The story is told as the reminiscences of an unseen narrator, the adult persona of 13-year-old Gish. Shortly before Christmas, 1950, Gish is living on the outskirts of Las
Vegas with her two younger sisters, their mother (Williams), and their alcoholic stepfather (Voight), who is haunted by his memories of WW II combat. Williams' sister, the flirtatious Barkin, arrives for a temporary stay while she is in the process of getting a quickie divorce. The story develops
in an anecdotal manner as Gish learns some hard lessons growing up. DESERT BLOOM is a dr...