- 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 x 3,7 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 805.059 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
State of the Union (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2006
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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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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.
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.
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.