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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Spiotta Narrator: Rachael Warre Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker—passionate, idealistic, and in love—design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. When one action goes wrong, the course of their lives is forever changed. The two must erase their past, forge new identities, and never see each other again. Now it is the 1990s. Mary lives in the suburbs with her fifteen-year-old son, who spends hours immersed in the music of his mother’s generation. She has no idea where Bobby is, whether he is alive or dead. Shifting between the protests in the 1970s and the consequences of those choices in the 1990s, Dana Spiotta deftly explores the connection between the two eras—their language, technology, music, and activism. Character-driven and brilliant, this is an important and revelatory novel about the culture of rebellion, with particular resonance now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Brims with such energy and intelligence…Spiotta has written a glorious sendup of contemporary social and ecological activists with all their preening idealism and absurdity.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Stunning…The staccato ferocity of a Joan Didion essay and the historical resonance and razzle-dazzle language of…Don DeLillo.”

    New York Times

  • “Infused with subtle wit…singularly powerful and provocative…Spiotta has a wonderful ironic sensibility, juxtaposing ’70s fervor with ’90s expediency.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Scintillating…Spiotta creates a mesmerizing portrait of radicalism’s decline.”

    Seattle Times

  • A 2006 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2006 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Del Zimmerman | 2/19/2014

    " This story of two '70s activists on the run for more than 20 years is disjointed and incomplete. While it's a compelling idea, Spiotta doesn't fully develop the characters. She seems mainly interested in Mary and rightly so as this is the most emotionally compelling character. But then she gives us mere glimpses into the lives of other characters, switching voices and time periods, without really satisfying the design of the story. I will say, however, that Spiotta is a very capable writer and offers several moments of keen emotional insights that are brilliant. These, however, don't save the novel, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate | 2/19/2014

    " So exciting. Devoured this so fast the surprise ending smacked me on the head. If y'ever wanted to be a revolutionary, read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by pjreads ♫ | 2/17/2014

    " 20.7 Related to object that s/b thrown/given/wapped "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pamela | 1/29/2014

    " Although I read this very quickly, within 24 hours, the beginning of the book was somewhat difficult to get into. The switching between characters point-of-view with no reference to how they relate to each other was disconcerting. Later you come to find out how these people are connected, but it took a little while. I gave this book a decent rating because I enjoyed the uncommon words the author sprinkled throughout the book, and in the end she created very rich main characters. I did find the Henry character's health breakdown somewhat distracting from the overall story arc, but perhaps there is more meaning for his placement than I'm giving credit for at the moment. "

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About the Narrator

Rachael Warren is a member of the resident acting company at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she has played such roles as Eliza Doolittle, Sally Bowles, Ophelia, and Portia, as well as originating roles in world premieres by artists such as Paula Vogel and Charles Strouse. Her work has also been seen across the United States at a multitude of regional theaters and on several national tours.