by Jennifer Gilmore
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Jennifer Gilmore's Something Red opens in the summer of 1979. The hostage crisis in Iran will soon play out; the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan is imminent. The political stakes are high, but passions are dulled. The Summer of Love and Freedom Summer are dusty memories. Kent State has become a legal settlement. Jimmy Carter, overwhelmed by the nation's "crisis of confidence," sits down in the Oval Office to describe the country's malaise.
At this torpid juncture, Gilmore swoops in on the Goldstein family, gathered at a backyard picnic table in DC to celebrate young Benjamin's departure for freshman year at Brandeis, the alma mater of Angela Davis and Abbie Hoffman. We meet Dennis, a middle-aged bureaucrat in the Department of Agriculture; Sharon, a Silver Palate–type caterer; their sulky teenage daughter, Vanessa.
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