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Short Synopsis
In David Goodwillie's thrilling debut novel, the lives of a young radical and a failed journalist intertwine in the wake of a botched terrorist bombing.

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As the twenty-first century enters its second decade, foreign wars, the lingering recession, and a caustic political environment are taking their toll on Americans. But the party hasn't ended for Aidan Cole and his friends, a band of savvy, if cynical, New York journalists and bloggers who thrive at the intersection of media and celebrity. At wine-sodden dinner parties or in dimly lit downtown bars, their frenetic talk—of scoops and page views, sexual adventures, and trendy restaurants—continues unabated. Then, without warning, the specter of terrorism reenters their lives. A bomb rips through the deserted floor of a midtown office tower. Middle Eastern terrorists are immediately suspected. But four days later, with no arrests and a city on edge, an anonymous e-mail arrives in Aidan's in-box. Attached is the photograph of an attractive, young white woman, along with a chilling message: "This is Paige Roderick. She's the one responsible."

So begins an extraordinary journey into the dark soul of modern America—from a back-to-the-land community in the Smoky Mountains to a Weather Underground–like bomb factory in Vermont; from Fishers Island, isolated getaway of the wealthy elite, to the hip lofts of Manhattan's Meatpacking District. American Subversive is David Goodwillie's sharp and penetrating take on the paranoia of our times—and its real, untold dangers. In examining the connection between our collective apathy and the roots of insurrection, Goodwillie has crafted an intoxicating story of two young Americans grasping for a foothold in a culture—and a country—that's crumbling around them.

With this debut novel, Goodwillie announces himself as a major new voice in American fiction. Expertly written, relentlessly suspenseful, and bitingly funny, American Subversive is both an unnervingly realistic tale of domestic terrorism and a perfectly observed portrait of Manhattan in the digital age.

"[A] hip and quick-paced thriller." ---The New York Times

"The mix of mocking the jaded hip...and exploring cultural and social unrest results in a comic and unsettling two-pronged dissection of a subset of contemporary America." ---Publishers Weekly

"Smart, edgy, suspenseful." ---Kirkus

"American Subversive will jolt you out of your seat. After [listening to] this powerful thriller you'll be looking over your shoulder, and down forested lanes, worried what's out there." ---Ridley Pearson, author of Killer Summer

"A new voice has entered the city---youthful, wise, and with an enthralling story to tell." ---Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life

"A remarkable tale of one man's search for meaning and purpose beyond the superficialities of contemporary urban life that will have wide appeal." ---Library Journal

"A searing portrait of failed idealism and social unrest.... Unforgettable." ---Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology

"An unnerving, completely credible portrait of the roots of domestic terrorism and the frequently soulless quality of modern American life." ---Booklist
New York Times Bestseller

American Subversive

A Novel

Author David Goodwillie

Narrated by David Drummond, Tavia Gilbert

Publication date Jun 7, 2010

Running time 13 hrs

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