The Washington Story: A Novel in Five Spheres

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Riverhead Books, 2005 - Fiction - 400 pages
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More than a year and a half has passed since Jill Wasserstrom tried to catch up to Muley Wills in West Rogers Park. Now, they are high school students in love, but will their relationship survive as their world expands beyond the boundaries of West Rogers Park? Over the course of five years-from 1982 to 1987-Jill, Muley, and their families and friends will experience love, betrayal, re-unions, sex, death, and rebirth. They will live through years of triumph and despair-the deaths of Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, and Konstantin Chernenko and the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev; the death of the Chicago political machine and the rise and fall of Harold Washington; the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and the arrival of Halley's Comet. They will travel from Chicago to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to New York, Europe, and beyond. And once again, Jill and Muley will find themselves on a street corner in a very different Chicago from the one they first knew.

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User Review  - Deb Oestreicher - Goodreads

Engaging, compulsively readable sequel to Crossing California. Full of nostalgia for those of us who started college in the early 80s. Langer beautifully manages a very large cast of characters ... Read full review

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User Review  - Natasha Witte - Goodreads

I liked the characters less in the sequel, but I still find the Muley storyline compelling and I love the descriptions of both NYC and Chicago, during the 80's. Read full review

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Adam Langer, the author of the acclaimed debut novel Crossing California, writes a regular column on publishing for The Book Standard. He has worked extensively as a print journalist, film producer, and playwright, and was a recipient of a National Arts Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University. Langer was born and grew up in Chicago but now divides his time between New York City and Bloomington, Indiana.

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