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American Woman by Susan Choi
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Sep 01, 08

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The kidnapping of Patricia Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army is the ghost skeleton Choi drapes the flesh of this awesome novel over, She fictionalizes the spectacle and looks at it from the outsider perspective of her main protagonist: A Japanese-American woman living as a fugitive after her partner is imprisoned for the bombings of recruitment centers they did together during the Vietnam war. Set in the early seventies, she’s living in rural New York when an old comrade persuades her to hide the young revolutionaries and their hostage-turned-member as they flee the aftermath of a police raid and massacre. Edging on satiric, firmly entrenched in the inward life of Jenni, and committed to story, this is an engaging book worthy of being called literature.

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