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America America
     

America America

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by Ethan Canin
 

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In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the family’s generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president. Before long, Corey finds himself involved with

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America America 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
SusanIL More than 1 year ago
This book was simply devine. I hated for it to end. The characters are vivid and vital and you are engaged by them from the start. Yes, it has echos of the infamous Kennedy scandal -- but the book is more about Corey and his "comming of age" and the struggle to reconcile what your perceptions of those you "idolize" in your youth with what you come to understand of them as an adult. This is the first book of Ethan Canin's I have read, and it certainly won't be the last.
Kate_Sullivan More than 1 year ago
If you grew up in the Kennedy era, one can't help but see the similarities to the final fall of Camelot and all of the characters involved. Specifically, Teddy Kennedy and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. I don't know if the author intended to draw such a close parallel but I couldn't separate the two events in my mind, which left me feeling uncomfortable. As uncomfortable as I felt back in 1969 when Teddy got off with barely a slap on the wrist. I'm a democrat so it's not sour grapes but rather unfair and unjust punishment for the death of a young woman. In America America I didn't feel like I really knew much about any of the characters and why they did the things that they did by the final page. Especially, Christian, Clara and their mother who seemed to be bordering on the edge of insanity...but why? Putting that aside, I did enjoy the narrative style. I would give this author another try but this book was just so-so for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a class and was really confused untill I figured out that it was missing parts of the story, I'm not sure if this is only a mistake in the one i bought?
Ben Botwin More than 1 year ago
Great writing. Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was deeply disappointed by this book. I got it out of the library based on the B&N recommendation, they've been mostly on the mark. This book was very boring. I tried but couldnt get into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good novel. I'm not quite sure how to categorize it - part political novel, part mystery, part coming-of-age. But the books that can't be pinned down are the best kind, in my opinion.
CamSea More than 1 year ago
It has kept my interest--that's my barometer for how well a book is written.
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Good book If you into the ugly world of politics, this is just the book for you. Politics are a very dirty ugly thing. Nothing or nobody matters except what one can do for themselves in that tainted atmosphere. Good book at telling it like it is.
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It tpuched my heart strings
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