Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Eat the Document

I read about Eat the Document in the NYT's Book Review and the premise intriqued me. I just finished it and highly recommend it. It starts out in 1972 where a woman and her partner "go underground" for antiwar activism that you learn has gone wrong. It switches ahead to the late 90's and you see the woman in contemporary times. The rest of the book goes back and forth between the 20-some year period to slowly reveal the "secrets" of her past. The author, Dana Spiotta, does a wonderful job of capturing the culture of the 70's. One of the links to the past and present is music. Actually the title comes from a documentary about Bob Dylan's 1966 tour when he went "electric". Anyone of a certain age, as I am!, who dates times of their life by songs and albums of the late 60's and 70's will surely enjoy that part of the story. The rest of the story is very well written so that even if you don't remember those times, the characters will take you in and keep you reading.


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