Cover by Claiborne O'Connor
Trade paper -- 255 pp.
A Novel of College Life and Political Terror
by Gene H. Bell-Villada
How and why does a college kid become a radical, possibly a terrorist, in the early 1970's? The mystery is why the mainstream media narrators fail to understand their own story. This wild tale predicts the current war in Peru and the pseudo-debate about political correctness. A marvelous spoof of Gothics, Harlequins, college life and the way the American mind works, or doesn't work.
"Bell-Villada's thought-provoking novel both satirizes and illuminates the crippling of rational political discourse at a time when we need it most. This book deserves close attention from a wide audience." Read the full review|
The central conceit -- the cult of 'balance' and centrism, and how that's linked to various kinds of selective blindness -- is GREAT. The satire and the aphorisms are mordant. Very funny, trenchant stuff.
|-- Carol McGuirk, Florida Atlantic University|
|Seductively readable, page by page. The portrait of the small New England liberal arts college is wonderful, and Livie has to be the girl you love to hate.|
|-- Mary Lusky Friedman, Wake Forest University|
|Intriguing, and for those of us already disillusioned with the common American ideologies, even fun.|
|-- Mike Gunderloy, Fact Sheet Five|
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