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The Resource Dissident gardens : a novel, Jonathan Lethem

Dissident gardens : a novel, Jonathan Lethem

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Dissident gardens : a novel
Title
Dissident gardens
Title remainder
a novel
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Jonathan Lethem
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eng
Summary
A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers--an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals. At the center of Jonathan Lethem's superb new novel stand two extraordinary women. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose's suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives: Rose's aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her nephew, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam's (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference. As the decades pass--from the parlor communism of the '30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged '70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment--we come to understand through Lethem's extraordinarily vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal. Brilliantly constructed as it weaves across time and among characters, Dissident Gardens is riotous and haunting, satiric and sympathetic--and a joy to read
Summary
A multigenerational saga focuses on two extraordinary women, including Rose, a tyrannical Communist who terrorizes her neighborhood with her absolute beliefs, and her daughter Miriam, who embraces the counterculture of Greenwich Village
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Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2013
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10215416
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SALS
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Lethem, Jonathan
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Families
  • Radicals
  • Women radicals
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Dissident gardens : a novel, Jonathan Lethem
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Publication
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First published: New York: Doubleday, 2013
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000053364682
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
366 pages
Isbn
9780099563426
Label
Dissident gardens : a novel, Jonathan Lethem
Publication
Note
First published: New York: Doubleday, 2013
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000053364682
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
366 pages
Isbn
9780099563426

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