Something Red

Something Red

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When Jennifer Gilmorea€™s first novel, Golden Country, was published, The New York Times Book Review called it qan ingeniously plotted family yarnq and praised her as an author who qenlivens the myth of the American Dream.q Gilmorea€™s particular gift for distilling history into a hugely satisfying, multigenerational family story is taken to new levels in her second novel. In Washington, D.C., life inside the Goldstein home is as tumultuous as the shifting landscape of the times. It is 1979, and Benjamin is heading off to college and sixteen-year-old Vanessa is in the throes of a rocky adolescence. Sharon, a caterer for the Washington elite, ventures into a cultlike organization. And Dennis, whose government job often takes him to Moscow, tries to live up to his fathera€™s legacy as a union organizer and community leader. The rise of communism and the execution of the Rosenbergs is history. The Cold War is waning, the soldiers who fought in Vietnam have all come home, and Carter is president. The age of protest has come and gone and yet each of the Goldsteins is forced to confront the changes the new decade will bring and explore what it really means to be a radical. Something Red is at once a poignant story of husbands and wives, parents and children, activists and spies, and a masterfully built novel that unfurls with suspense and humor.March 22, 1980 Benji thought of the soccer playersa#39; plight as he watched them disappear into their dorms. ... It had made Ben want to create a signature move on the soccer field, a reverse scissors perhaps, the ball rolling sideways across his body, that he thought hea#39;d call a ... And Benji decided to take political action.

Title:Something Red
Author:Jennifer Gilmore
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2010-03-30


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