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State of the Union [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Douglas Kennedy
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1. August 2006
Douglas Kennedy’s riveting new novel bears his trademark genius for writing serious popular fiction.

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.

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  • Taschenbuch: 608 Seiten
  • Verlag: Arrow; Auflage: New Ed (1. August 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099468298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099468295
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 19,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 346.345 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Praise for Douglas Kennedy’s A Special Relationship:
“As it gathered pace . . . I found my heart beating faster. I cannot remember a more compulsive book.”
Daily Telegraph

“Kennedy knows how to keep the pages turning.”
The Times


A compelling, gripping novel from the No.1 bestselling author of Five Days, The Moment and The Pursuit of Happiness.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative, entertaining, moving! 27. Dezember 2006
Von Booklover
I do read a lot but I haven't read anything this good in a long time! "State of the Union" tells you the story of Hannah Buchan starting from her days in college during the late sixties and early seventies and then jumping to the year 2003.

Not being interested in reforming the American nation as her intellectual, inspiring and famous father, she marries early and settles down for a quiet life with her very nice but not very interesting doctor. But Hannah takes one short but fatal misstep in her otherwise well controlled life and this mistake catches up on her 30 years later. In an America which is after 9/11 dominated by ultra-conservative dogmatists her life suddenly falls apart...

Kennedy really knows how to draw a character and this is true for the protagonists as well as for minor characters. "State of the Union" hooked me immediately and I read the second 300 pages (yes, it is long but I didn't want to miss a single page) in a single five hour session from 3 am to 8 am! If you are interested in contemporary American fiction, you should not miss this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "USA today" 4. Februar 2006
Von Jacinthe Grandmont - Veröffentlicht auf
Yes, for me, that book represents your country. It's a picture of it. For me, living from the outside, I see clearly the opposite sides, the paradoxal way of living in USA. It's a wonderful book telling the truth about convictions, souls and ways of living. It's a picture of New England. And it's a North book. I like it. By creating those personnalities, it's also drawing the political paradox of your country.

It's very, very sad reading the French version( I'm French Canadian). A lot, a lot of mistakes. For such a good book, it's something bad because it gives a shadow.

But for you, having the chance to read the English book, dont hesitate. It's a very, very good picture of "United" States of America.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read! 16. Juni 2006
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I just finished reading the French version and ordered the English version for Father's Day for my dad. I loved this book and wish it was not finished! I highly recommend it. Interestingly the translation of the title into French is : The Secret Charms of Married Life....having nothing to do with the English title.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How something can backfire on you 30 years on 30. Mai 2008
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What happens when a two-day, spur-of-the-moment sexual affair that a young married woman has with a student radical thirty years previously comes back to haunt her in the most public and devastating of ways? This is the premise of "State of the Union", a very fine novel by Douglas Kennedy.

It is the late '60's and Hannah Latham, daughter of a famous radical history professor and an avant-garde artist defies her parents expectations and marries her quiet, button-down medical student boyfriend. By the time her husband, Ben, gets offered an internship in the one-horse town of Pelham, Maine, Hannah has given birth to a son and is feeling the stultifying boredom of being stuck in a small, insular town. Enter Tobias Judson, a student radical acquaintance of her father, who turns up on Hannah's doorstep whilst her husband is away, needing a place to crash for a few days. Hannah consents and embarks on a wild, two day sexual affair with him. However, Tobias is on the run from the FBI and blackmails Hannah into driving him across the border into Canada, thereby forcing her to commit a federal offence.

Fast forward thirty years, and Hannah is still married to Dr Dan and her two children have grown up. Life is rolling along nicely now that Dan is a successful orthopedic surgeon. That all comes crashing down when Hannah's delusional daughter goes missing and Tobias Judson, now a right-wing talkshow host, publishes his biography which details his affair with Hannah, with vastly embellished details. The press jumps on both her daughter's disappearance and Judson's biography and Hannah's life swiftly turns upside down in the worst possible way.

Kennedy does a marvellous job writing this novel as Hannah in first person narration. In my opinion, he pulls it off brilliantly. The plot is absolutely terrific, rivetting to the last. Kennedy poses a lot of questions about post 9/11 America. What constitutes a traitorous act? How should such a traitor be vilified? How can a traitor redeem themselves? What sort of accountability should a person have for an illegal act they were forced to do? My only quibble is that the ending resolves itself a little too neatly, but that is only a very minor concern. The book is tremendous and I have given it a 5-star rating.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen fantastic author, fantastic book 4. März 2008
Von my 2nd passion - Veröffentlicht auf
It was an incredible read that made me think about the characters and their actions long after I finished reading the book.

This is one of those books that will engage you from beginning to end by it's persuasive detail about one woman's emotional life. The author has an incredible ability to understand the minds of women.

I discovered another author to add to my list of favorites authors.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen good, but not his best. 5. Mai 2010
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Engaging story. Douglas Kennedy does a great job at weaving an interesting plot with varied characters, but his negative stereotyping of evangelical Christians got a bit old. Kennedy's radical leftists seemed human, with good and bad traits, but the Christians were all depicted as a bunch of losers, with no redeeming qualities. Life's not like that; there's always good and bad in people.
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