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American Subversive: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 20, 2010
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In Goodwillie's debut novel (after his memoir, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time), an incisive depiction of radicalism's seductive roots, the central characters are a good girl gone bad and a would-be journalist turned blogger who wants to do good. Paige Roderick, laid off from her think tank job and devastated by the Iraq War death of her beloved brother, is an easy mark for a shadowy cabal of home-grown terrorists who recruit her from the ranks of weekend environmental warriors. Separately, Aidan Cole, a failed journalism student turned Manhattan gossip blogger, is drawn into her radical orbit (and into a romance) by a phantom from America's radical past: a former member of the Weather Underground. Part political thriller and part on-the-run love story, Goodwillie's glimpse of the lapsed idealism that might be fueling America's subversive underground falls somewhere between Bret Easton Ellis's Glamorama and John Updike's Terrorist. The mix of mocking the jaded hip—the Gawker-like blogging empire that Aidan works for serves as a frequent punching bag—and exploring cultural and social unrest results in a comic and unsettling two-pronged dissection of a subset of contemporary America. (Apr.)
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A bomb, a New York City blogger, and a beautiful homegrown terrorist form the unholy trinity that powers this fresh, knowing look at the American cultural and political landscape. In the year 2010, a bomb detonates in Barneys—it was set off on the wrong floor and was supposed to destroy the headquarters of a secretive company that makes billions parlaying the influence of its board members to obtain lucrative oil deals. Then blogger Aidan Cole receives a photo of a glamorous young woman who is identified as the person who planted the bomb. Aidan, a jaded hipster, has finally found a hard news story worth pursuing, but when he tracks the radical to her hiding place, he finds they have more in common than he ever imagined. The well of their mutual disillusionment runs deep, for she has lost a brother to a senseless war and he has lost faith in the rewards of a career-driven life. In this thriller-cum-political-manifesto, Goodwillie provides an unnerving, completely credible portrait of the roots of domestic terrorism and the frequently soulless quality of modern American life. --Joanne Wilkinson
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After a terrorist bombing at Barneys, Aidan Cole, a NYC based blogger, who works for a thinly-veiled Nick Denton of Gawker media fame, receives an anonymous email with a photo of a beatiful girl, claiming that the girl, Paige Roderick, is responsible for the attack.
A page-turning, thoughtful, careful study on what patriotism means in post-9/11 America, this is the book I've been waiting for for a long time.
Aidan basically gives up his life for Paige to keep her safe. They are each writing their versions of what happened from safe houses they are currently living in. It details their love story which happens while they are on the run from the law and the radical group Paige left. The love story is sort of iffy but the novel overall is good and at times quite humorous. It's definitely telling of 21st century America.
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