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Dissident Gardens
By Jonathan Lethem and Mark Bramhall (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date September 17, 2013
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307940896
ISBN-10 0307940896
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.50 by 6 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $50.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers—an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals

At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women: Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist who savages neighbors, family, and political comrades with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her precocious and willful daughter, Miriam, equally passionate in her activism, flees Rose’s influence to embrace the dawning counterculture of Greenwich Village.
     These women cast spells over the men in their lives: Rose’s aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her cousin, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam’s (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. Flawed and idealistic, Lethem’s characters struggle to inhabit the utopian dream in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference.
     As the decades pass—from the parlor communism of the ’30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged ’70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment—we come to understand through Lethem’s extraordinarily vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal.
     Lethem’s characters may pursue their fates within History with a capital H, but his novel is—at its mesmerizing, beating heart—about love.


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Paperback
Book cover for 9780099563426 Book cover for 9780307744494
 
from Vintage Uk (January 15, 2015)
9780099563426 | details & prices | 384 pages | List price $15.25
This edition also contains Dissident Gardens
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (June 3, 2014)
9780307744494 | details & prices | 366 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $15.95
This edition also contains Dissident Gardens
About: A New York Times Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the Year: Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, The Globe and MailJonathan Lethem, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the MacArthur Fellowship whose writing has been called “as ambitious as [Norman] Mailer, as funny as Philip Roth, and as stinging as Bob Dylan” (Los Angeles Times), returns with an epic yet intimate family saga.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780307940896
 
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Unabridged edition from Random House (September 17, 2013)
9780307940896 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.00 × 1.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $50.00
About: A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers—an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicalsAt the center of Jonathan Lethem’s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women: Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist who savages neighbors, family, and political comrades with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs.

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