Something Red: A Novel (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Mar 30, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
19 Reviews
When Jennifer Gilmore’s first novel, Golden Country, was published, The New York Times Book Review called it "an ingeniously plotted family yarn" and praised her as an author who "enlivens the myth of the American Dream." Gilmore’s particular gift for distilling history into a hugely satisfying, multigenerational family story is taken to new levels in her second novel.

In Washington, D.C., life inside the Goldstein home is as tumultuous as the shifting landscape of the times. It is 1979, and Benjamin is heading off to college and sixteen-year-old Vanessa is in the throes of a rocky adolescence. Sharon, a caterer for the Washington elite, ventures into a cultlike organization. And Dennis, whose government job often takes him to Moscow, tries to live up to his father’s legacy as a union organizer and community leader.

The rise of communism and the execution of the Rosenbergs is history. The Cold War is waning, the soldiers who fought in Vietnam have all come home, and Carter is president. The age of protest has come and gone and yet each of the Goldsteins is forced to confront the changes the new decade will bring and explore what it really means to be a radical.


Something Red
is at once a poignant story of husbands and wives, parents and children, activists and spies, and a masterfully built novel that unfurls with suspense and humor.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
5
3 stars
6
2 stars
4
1 star
1

Review: Something Red

User Review  - Snem - Goodreads

I liked the minor threads of themes that were shared by the main characters (ex: food, music and sex). I appreciated the different characters' perspectives. There was a serious lack of plot until ... Read full review

Review: Something Red

User Review  - Callin Henry - Goodreads

A little slow so far, but rarely have I met a book I didn't like! Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
31
Section 4
47
Section 5
65
Section 6
76
Section 7
103
Section 8
126
Section 13
218
Section 14
235
Section 15
247
Section 16
256
Section 17
260
Section 18
267
Section 19
278
Section 20
286

Section 9
147
Section 10
174
Section 11
189
Section 12
204
Section 21
299
Section 22
307
Section 23
309
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Jennifer Gilmore is the author Golden Country, a 2006 New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, and Something Red, a New York Times Notable Book of 2010. Her work has appeared in Allure, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and The Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn.

Bibliographic information