A Desire Path

A Desire Path

by Jan Shapin

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What makes women fall for men who are tied to political causes?

Set in the Depression and WW II’s aftermath, A Desire Path links a love affair between a married woman and a union organizer with the crisis a famous female journalist faces trying to decide whether to join the Communist Party. Two stories of conflicted loyalties, each a journey along a desire path. Ilse is drawn to Andy because of his involvement in labor causes, even as Andy himself is struggling with a loss of belief. Anna Mae, Andy’s old friend, tries to balance her responsibility to a senile father with a growing sense her left-wing politics have trapped her. After a disastrous encounter with Ilse’s husband, Andy retreats to the mountains. Anna Mae flails about — from Seattle to Moscow, Los Angeles to China — while Ilse gradually discovers her own inner compass.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015904697
Publisher: Write Words, Inc
Publication date: 11/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
File size: 578 KB

About the Author

Jan Shapin’s first novel, A Snug Life Somewhere, released
in 2006, was recommended by the Historical Novel Review
Online. Estella’s Revenge, A Zine About Books, called A Snug
Life Somewhere, “A sweeping picture of a woman’s
life…heartbreaking and funny, ordinary and amazing….”
Library book clubs in her home state have made it a favorite.
She has been writing plays and screenplays for over
twenty years, more recently concentrating on fiction. Jan has
studied playwriting at Catholic University in Washington,
DC, screenwriting at the Film and Television Workshop and
University of Southern California, and fiction writing at a
variety of locations including Barnard College’s Writers on
Writing seminar, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread
Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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