April 08, 2007

Spring reading thing - book #3

Book review: State of the Union - Douglas Kennedy

This picture is courtesy of Amazon and so is the synopsis. Read on and then I'll tell you what I thought.

Amazon synopsis

America in the Sixties was an era of radical upheaval - of civil rights protests and anti-war marches; of sexual liberation and hallucinogenic drugs. More tellingly, it was a time when you weren't supposed to trust anyone over the age of thirty; when, if you were young, you rebelled against your parents and their conservative values. But not Hannah Buchan. Hannah is a great disappointment to her famous radical father and painter mother. Because instead of mounting the barricades and embracing this age of profound social change, she wants nothing more than to marry her doctor boyfriend and raise a family in a small town. Hannah gets her wish. But once installed as the doctor's wife in a nowhere corner of Maine, boredom sets in ...until an unforeseen moment of personal rebellion changes everything. Especially as Hannah is forced into breaking the law. For decades, this one transgression in an otherwise faultless life remains buried. But then, in the charged atmosphere of America after 9/11, her secret comes out and her life goes into freefall.

Marcia's review
Before this book, I’d only read one other Douglas Kennedy (The Big Picture). I enjoyed that one very much so decided to take a chance on this one and...

I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved the characters (flawed as they were), especially her best friend, Margy. Razor-sharp wit and an NYC snarkiness.

I'll be quite honest - the first half of the book (in the 60s) was much better than the second half but it was unputdownable (?) and extremely page-turning!

You know I have a book that I've kept since 18 November 1991 (the day I finished my last school exam - I think it was Biology) where I keep a record of all the books I read. If you ever thought I was weird, there's the proof.

Of course I'm onto my 3rd or 4th book by now.

Anyway, I gave this one a 9!

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