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American Subversive by David Goodwillie
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May 25, 10

Read in May, 2010

A smart, beautiful woman gets struck with a bad case of malaise and becomes a terrorist. Deconstructing the plot that way makes it sound absurd, but Goodwillie manages to pull it off with modest success. That being said, you have a fairly typical navel-gazing story about people being bored with life in New York, which is told with great alacrity. You know there is something amiss when you would rather the characters spend their time talking at a party, where they are being interesting, rather than when they are making a bomb. Literary thrillers are a rare species because it is hard to write characters, dialog, and plot all at once. Goodwillie can do the first two with no trouble whatsoever. Hopefully for his next book he can figure out the third part, then we would be in for a serious treat.
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