The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon

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Now a major motion picture directed by Robert Redford and starring Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Terence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Nick Nolte, and Stanley Tucci

It is 2006. Seventeen-year-old Isabel Montgomery starts to receive emails from her father, a man who had abandoned her in a hotel room ten years ago when his past finally caught up with him. Why has he contacted her now? Because he needs her help and is finally ready to reveal the truth. Over the course of the next month, further emails arrive telling her more about her family's past. Isabel discovers that her father adopted a false identity in the hope of avoiding murder charges for a robbery gone wrong in 1974. By 1996, with a marriage falling apart around him, he is one last Vietnam-era fugitives still wanted by the law. When he is finally tracked down by a young newspaper reporter in search of a story he must abandon years of safe underground life in an attempt to exonerate himself. Set against the rise and fall of the radical anti-war group the Weather Underground, The Company You Keep is a sweeping American saga about sacrifice, the righteousness of youth, and the tension between political ideals and family loyalties.
 

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Neil Gordon is the literary editor of the Boston Review and a frequent book reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
 
Published June 29, 2004 by Penguin Books. 420 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Underground '60s radicals resurface to exonerate themselves in Gordon's compelling and intricately plotted third outing (The Gun Runner's Daughter, 1998, etc.).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Company You Keep

The Washington Post

At the end, however, the movie became predictable and the ending was horrible.

Apr 12 2013 | Read Full Review of The Company You Keep

Crooked Timber.

Not sure, though, that “the main theme of the book is about how trust in friends is more important than abstract principle.” I read the theme as (huge simplification): there are decent individuals at all points on the political spectrum from left radical to establishment Republican (Gordon doesn...

Dec 24 2005 | Read Full Review of The Company You Keep

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