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State of the Union

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    A Kennedy Loyalist

    This was the first Douglas Kennedy book I read and it was captivating and entertaining to say the least. Now I am hooked on Kennedy's books as his characters are easy to identify with and embrace. You learn about people and, in the process, about yourself. All of his books are wonderful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Solidly plotted page-turner

    Kennedy, popular in Europe and only now getting known in the USA even though he is an American, presents a quick history of the "Sixties" and their aftermath through the eyes of one woman, going through the decades to the present time. While some parts are predictable and some of the characters a little too stereotypical, the novel is nevertheless a good read with an altogether satisfying ending. Kennedy does a particularly good job of capturing a woman's voice and perspective, not always easy for a male writer. I think the typical women's book group would enjoy discussing this novel.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Loved the book from the minute I started. The author has a grea

    Loved the book from the minute I started. The author has a great way of
    making the story flow and keep you engaged. He draws the reader in and
    makes you feel as if you're part of the story. Can't wait to read more
    of his books!

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Couldn't get enough of it

    Douglas Kennedy is captivating as usual. I liked the female main character. So human, psychologically well-balanced (which is rare)...I simply didn't want the story to stop...

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    This is a profound character study

    In 1969, eighteen years old Hannah Latham has A Special Relationship with her parents; dysfunctional. Her father is a radical activist protesting anything; while her mother is an artist with mental issues. To them she is a major disappointment as she ignores the rebellion of her peers against authority. Instead Hannah wants out of the frantic family soap opera; so she marries medical student Dan Buchan; becomes pregnant; and moves to rural Maine. She becomes a librarian-housewife until her father's radical friend Tobias Judson arrives in Maine.

    In 2003, Hannah feels her world imploding. Her college age daughter Lizzie vanishes after mentally breaking when she learns an inconvenient truth. Hannah's BFF is dying so she cannot turn to her for solace as she must provide comfort. Finally Toby reappears on national TV as her secret transgression from over three decades ago becomes known to all.

    This is a profound character study as Hannah learns sometimes you get what you wish for only to regret you made the wrong wish. Although the issues seem relatively minor, the cast is solid especially the lead female who on any page seems over the edge of the emotional cliff. Through Hannah and her cohorts, Douglas Kennedy takes a close look at the hypocrisy of family values; pointing out that values can be negative and cherry-picking convenient; for instance the previous indiscretions of a born again are ignored by his or her peers regardless of what they might have been.

    Harriet Klausner

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