I just started reading State of the Union by Douglas Kennedy, one of many (some would argue too many) names on my "watch list" - that is, authors I'm constantly keeping track of, logging onto Amazon hoping there will be a new novel out soon. I'll read anything of his: I'm a big fan of his thought-provoking and well-written page turners. Regardless of the subject matter, he somehow keeps me hooked throughout the whole novel, leaving me up turning pages into the wee hours of the night. Try The Big Picture or The Pursuit of Happiness, and you'll know what I'm talking about. His latest effort deals with the political climate and how it affects the American people, from the 1960's up until post-9/11. Here's the blurb from Amazon:
"Hannah Buchan leads an orderly life in a small town in Maine — a schoolteacher, married to a doctor, with two grown up children. However, her past conceals a dark secret. Thirty years ago she had a brief, dangerous fling with Tobias Judson, a high profile student activist, which she had reconciled to that internal, off-limits attic room marked “Ancient History.” But when Tobias suddenly pops up out of nowhere with a book about his radical years, her life goes into free-fall. And before she knows it, Hannah discovers that a long-ago transgression is never really forgotten.
Set amid two wildly contrasting periods of recent American life — the militant 60s and 70s, and the new-found conservatism of today — State of the Union is a remarkable portrait of one woman’s attempts to find her own way in the shifting political currents of her time. But it is also an intriguing portrait of the complexities of a long marriage, the ongoing guilt of parenthood, the perpetual tension between familial responsibility and personal freedom, and the divisive debate between liberal and conservative values that so engulfs the United States today."
I'll get back to you with a review.
I also recently read Life Swap by Jane Green. She's not likely to be awarded the Nobel Prize any time soon, but I enjoy her breezy, fun novels. Perfect for an idle night in.