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American Woman by Susan Choi
In American Woman, Susan Choi's second novel, she sets her storyline around a familiar historical event, fictionalized as it is. In the 1970s, Jenny Shimada is a young woman hiding out in upstate New York after bombing a draft office in California. She is tracked down by Rob Frazer, who is traveling with three other radical fugitives, the only survivors of a shoot-out with the police in Los Angeles. One of these is Pauline, daughter of a wealthy newspaper magnate who was kidnapped by a revolutionary group and then embraced their radical cause. American Woman follows Jenny's story backward and forward through time as she tries to lead the revolutionaries back to California. The San Francisco Chronicle says of this novel, "American Woman, with its historical acuity and sprawling interior intimacy, further confirms that Susan Choi is a writer of scope, ambition and undeniable talent -- the kind of rare writer whose career you want to watch develop over the course of a lifetime."