Great Neck by Jay Cantor

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In 1960, a group of friends are plucked from their sixth grade classroom in privileged Great Neck, Long Island and confronted for the first time with the horrors of the Holocaust. They hear a challenge from the past, a cry from history to set the world on a better course; but it is the murder of a much-loved older brother during Mississippi’s Freedom Summer that makes their mission clear.

From the front line of the civil rights movement to Andy Warhol’s New York art scene, from comic book superheroes to the violent maelstrom of the Weather Underground, Great Neck immerses us in a charged time not so long ago, and illuminates the lives of those who were shaped by its energies and ideals. Vigorous, funny, profound and altogether gripping, it is a masterpiece of contemporary literature.


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About Jay Cantor

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As a novelist, Jay Cantor's novels have all been New York Times Notable Books of the Year. As a screenwriter, he's worked for Walt Disney, Columbia, Universal, and HBO among others, as well as being a story consultant on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He's won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and was a recipient of a MacArthur Prize "genius" award for his entire body of work.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 720 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The characters in his comics, with their real-life inspirations, are called things like Jeffrey the Sophist, SheWolf, and Ninja B in a tone that’s one of high art meeting low art and finally the police report—though it’s long ago that the gang was busted for whatever violence the plot is eventual...

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Weighing in at nearly 800 pages, Cantor's epic effort to frame the experience of growing up Jewish on Long Island with the radicalism of the '60s and '70s is a chaotic, unfocused sprawl, a book bursting with an overwhelming number of subplots, characters, tangents and the occasional illuminating ...

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Entertainment Weekly

But ultimately, Cantor (''The Death of Che Guevara'') pulls off Great Neck, a tale of civil rights protests and Weather Underground revolution-plotting, by making his young Harvard-grad activists both idealistic and flawed, and by deploying an organizing subplot (a protagonist creating an undergr...

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CNN.com

But ultimately, Cantor (''The Death of Che Guevara'') pulls off this tale of civil rights protests and Weather Underground revolution-plotting by making his young Harvard-grad activists both idealistic and flawed, and by deploying an organizing subplot (a protagonist creating an underground super...

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