America Was Hard to Find

America Was Hard to Find

A Novel
Written by Kathleen Alcott
Narrated by Tristan Morris
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America Was Hard to Find

A Novel
Written by Kathleen Alcott | Narrated by Tristan Morris
With its “powerful emotional impact,” this “impressively ambitious and extremely well-written” story has “staying power” (Kirkus Reviews). After a brief relationship with unexpected consequences, activist Fay and astronaut Vincent embark on diverging paths and become very different icons during the upheaval of the 1960s and ’70s.

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Ecuador, 1969: An American expatriate, Fay Fern, sits in the corner of a restaurant, she and her young son Wright turned away from the television where Vincent Kahn becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

Years earlier, Fay and Vincent meet at a pilots’ bar in the Mojave Desert. Both seemed poised for reinvention—the married test pilot, Vincent, as an astronaut; the spurned child of privilege, Fay, as an activist. Their casual affair ends quickly, but its consequences linger.

Though their lives split, their senses of purpose deepen in tandem, each becoming heroes to different sides of the political spectrum of the 1960s and 70s: Vincent an icon with no plan beyond the mission for which he has single-mindedly trained, Fay a leader of a violent leftist group whose anti-Vietnam actions make her one of the FBI’s most wanted. With her last public appearance, a demonstration that frames the Apollo program as a vehicle for distracting the American public from its country’s atrocities, Fay leaves Wright to contend with her legacy, his own growing apathy, and the misdeeds of both his mother and his country.

An immense, vivid reimagining of the Cold War era, America Was Hard to Find traces the fallout of the cultural revolution that divided the country and explores the meaning of individual lives in times of upheaval. It also confirms Kathleen Alcott’s reputation as a fearless and vital voice in fiction.

Categories: General Fiction
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins
Run time: 12:20:37
Unabridged Audiobook

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