- ISBN: 0786185864
- ISBN: 0786185406 :
- Physical Description: 8 sound discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
- Publisher: Ashland, OR : Blackstone Audiobooks, p2004.
|Participant or Performer Note:||
Read by William Dufris.
"The winter of the year my father carried a gun for his own protection was the coldest on record in Chicago." So begins [this book], the winter in question a postwar moment of the 1950s ... It was a time of rabid anticommunism, worker unrest, and government corruption. Even the small-town family could not escape the nationwide suspicion and dread of "the enemy within." In rural Quarterday, on the far margin of Chicago's North Shore, nineteen-year-old Wilson Ravan watches as his father's life unravels. Teddy Ravan - gruff, unapproachable, secure in his knowledge of the world - is confronting a strike and even death threats from union members who work at his printing business. Wilson, in the summer before college, finds himself straddling three worlds when he takes a job at a newspaper: the newsroom where working-class reporters find class struggle at the heart of every issue, the glittering North Shore debutante parties where he spends his nights, and the growing cold war between his parents at home. These worlds collide when he falls in love with the headstrong daughter of a renowned psychiatrist with a frightful past in World War II.
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