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Author: Jonathan Lethem; Mark Bramhall; Books on Tape, Inc.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, [2013]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Fiction : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose's suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
Audiobooks
Fiction
Suspense fiction
Additional Physical Format: Source record:
Lethem, Jonathan.
Dissident gardens.
Waterville, Maine : Doubleday, 2013
(DLC) 2013021139
Material Type: Fiction, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Lethem; Mark Bramhall; Books on Tape, Inc.
ISBN: 9780307940926 0307940926
OCLC Number: 858581140
Notes: Release date supplied by distributor.
Performer(s): Read by Mark Bramhall.
Description: 1 online resource (1 onine resource (1 sound file, 16 hr., 6 min.))
Responsibility: Jonathan Lethem.

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Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose's suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives: Rose's aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her nephew, 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. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams 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.

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