In Jennifer Egan’s highly acclaimed first novel, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop
for the world of eighteen-year-old Phoebe O’Connor.
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Phoebe is obsessed with the
memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in
Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith’s life and death,
Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe—a quest that yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith’s