Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Review: "Strangers At The Feast" by Jennifer Vanderbes

If I don't watch out, I'm going to be converted to a literary fiction aficionado!

You know you're getting old when a fabulous artist writes trenchant fictional social commentary about your life.  This book directly addresses every one of the fears that confront Baby Boomers and our Gen Y children in a way that is both gripping and terrifying.

I read the whole book in one sitting. Couldn't put it down. Not because I was enjoying it.  On the contrary. It's been a while since I read a book that was so painful to read.  From the ill treatment of returning Vietnam veterans (a sin that will stain the soul of America forever) to the specter of economic setbacks in recent years, the book picks at all the sores that keep Boomers up at night.  Worse, it picks at the sores that bedevil our children, and threaten to throw them off the rails and into economic chaos.

This book looks at our our economic irresponsibility as well as the racial and social gulfs that divide Americans as much today as they did before the civil rights movement.

It may be the  Lie Down In Darkness for this generation.

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