The Red Squad

The Red Squad

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A wonderfully comic and moving novel about the interwoven lives of a group of Midwestern grad students who, forty years after they stumbled into the political fray of the 1960s, stumble onto the fact that they were under surveillance.

At the center is Anka, a professor at a university in Ohio who receives an unsolicited Freedom of Information file charting her younger life as part of an eccentric crew who came together around politics and passion. She’s plunged into suspicion (who sent the file and why?) but also into rollicking memories of her compatriots at the time: the sweet young priest who was her protector and secret crush; “the Farmer,” the only married man among them; the gay poet named Noble and his intimate, the black professor of Victorian studies; and Bernstein, who yearned to start again in the promised land of Israel. Filled with the rich details of the personal and political actions that solidified the group for a time and then splintered it in the 1970s, the plot is animated by Anka’s desires both past and present—for true intimacy in her life, academic abundance, and a better America. And then comes a surprising new development in the group’s lifelong story: the unfolding mystery of one of their number, who went underground way back then and only now resurfaces.

Wise, funny, and written in quicksilver prose, The Red Squad reminds us how relevant the lessons
of the past remain today and brings us a timeless message of the bonds of community and hope.

Baker & Taylor
A professor recieves a Freedom of Information file on her politically active circle of friends from graduate school, as she remembers their time together one of the group resurfaces after decades in hiding.

Blackwell North Amer
E.M. Broner brings us a wonderfully comic and moving novel about the interwoven lives of a group of restless Midwestern grad students in the 1960s. Forty years later, gray-haired and spread around the country, they learn that they were under surveillance during their activist days.
At the center is Anka, a lively professor at an Ohio university, who receives an unsolicited Freedom of Information file charting her younger life as part of an eccentric crew who came together around politics and passion. She's plunged into suspicion (who sent the file and why?), but also into rollicking memories of her compatriots in the "bullpen" of graduate school back in those days: Kevin, the sweet young priest in the process of formally leaving the church, who was her protector and secret crush; "The Farmer," the only married man among them; the gay poet named Noble and his intimate, Ron, the black professor of Victorian studies; the irrepressible Bernstein, who yearned to start again in the promised land of Israel. One of them becomes a spy, the other a fugitive.
Filled with the rich details of the personal and political actions that solidified the group for a time and then splintered it into the l970s, the plot is animated by Anka's longings for love and justice, and by the unfolding mystery of the Bullpenner who went underground. When their long lost comrade resurfaces, his plight brings all the pen-mates and some of their once prized students together at the glorious finale of this picaresque adventure.
Wise, funny, written in quicksilver prose, The Red Squad reminds us how relevant the lessons of the past still are today, and brings us a timeless message of community and hope.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307377913
0307377911
Branch Call Number: F BRO
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 22 cm

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