Set against the rise and fall of the radical antiwar group the Weather Underground, The Company You Keep is a sweeping American saga about sacrifice, the ecstatic righteousness of youth, and the tension between political ideals and family loyalties.
When Jason Sinai, one of the last Vietnam-era fugitives still wanted on murder charges for a robbery gone wrong in 1974, encounters a young newspaper reporter in search of a story, he must abandon years of safe underground life for the dangerous life of the road - traveling across America and deep into his past. It is a vivid recreation of lives lived underground - of battle-scarred veterans, ideologues, profiteers, criminals, and bystanders.
"Rousing, cerebral.... Gordon's plot is a doozy - a trio of doozies, in fact - yet utterly credible. He projects wrenching political and personal drama onto a slightly futuristic version of where we stand now as a people. In so doing he shows how we got here.... What makes this novel compelling is not only the ideological spectrum it covers but its emotional chiaroscuro.... It bids well to enter the company of our best fiction about the Vietnam era." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Gordon skillfully interweaves the voices of his fictional narrators with many of the most important totems of the era: Vietnam, the shooting of Kent State students by Ohio National Guard members, and the bombing of a townhouse in Greenwich Village.... His characters are so skilfully drwan that they remain likable and interesting, and their missives to Isabel are sincerely felt and compelling reads until the very last page." (The Boston Globe)
"[A] hybrid of political novel, love story, cat-and-mouse thriller, and French bedroom farce...entertaining.... The Company You Keep becomes an addictive page-turner of a book." (Seattle Times)
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