The Sky Is Falling

The Sky Is Falling

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A middle-aged woman's past comes back to haunt her in this novel of reflection. As a young university student of Russian literature Jane rents a room in the co-ed house of peaceniks and anti-nuclear protesters. Jane becomes immersed in their cause through intimidation and loyalty to others in the house. Fast forward 20 years and her university friends are making headlines again. Sonia, a lost friend accused of terrorism, has just been released after twenty years in prison. It all comes flooding back to Jane. Will Jane's reputation as a book editor be destroyed; what will her son think of her? A funny, absorbing and timely novel about fear in our time. Canadian author - Vancouver.
Publisher: Toronto : Thomas Allen, 2010
ISBN: 9780887626135
Branch Call Number: ADD
Characteristics: 310 p


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Apr 29, 2019

One of the funniest books I've read in years.

No pratfalls, but just a sly understanding of ignorant, naive and well-intentioned young people in the 1980s.

It neatly puts to the rest the common "conspiracy" beliefs around bombings and other civil strife. No, sorry, no over-arching "mandate" or "agenda", just misguided emotionalism and, to some extent, peer pressure and the wish to "belong" to something, somehow...

And a sadly tragic consequences. Make a mistake when you're 19...and wear it for decades afterward.

Terrific writing, engaging characters, true-to-life story.

Sep 01, 2018

An excellent depiction of young idealists, a person who gets caught up with them and an era of extreme uncertainty. I enjoyed it.

Jan 05, 2016

A pretty heavy topic but still a pretty good read. It flipped back and forth between the 80's and 2004 and I really enjoyed the Vancouver setting.

May 20, 2013

This book is not good on several levels. The author was perhaps on the periphery of some scene in the 1980s in Kits but the characters are not activists; they are just teenagers. Overall, the story is not convincing and is full of stereotypes.

Dec 22, 2011

Fantastic book. Immediately re-read the last chapter when I finished because I didn't want it to be over. Loved the characters - I wanted to be friends with them!

Recommend this book.

debwalker Feb 20, 2011

"A bookish, middle-aged mother remembers an emotional time when she shared a home with a group of political activists. As can be gathered from the title, it doesn't go well. Moral of the story: Politics and shared bathrooms don't mix."
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