Every week on Wednesday, Breaking the Spine holds a book meme where bloggers highlight the books they’re looking out for. This week my choice is: The Outside Lands
You’re going to have read the blurb first on this one:
San Francisco, 1968: Jeannie and Kip are lost and half-orphaned, their mother dead under mysterious circumstances, and their father – a decorated WWII veteran – consumed by guilt and losing sight of his teenage children. Kip, a dreamer and swaggerer prone to small-time trouble, enlists to fight in Vietnam; Jeannie finds a seemingly safe haven in early marriage and motherhood. But when Kip is accused of a terrible military crime, Jeannie is seduced – sexually, emotionally, politically – into joining an ambiguous anti-war organization. As Jeannie attempts to save her brother, her search for the truth leads her into two relationships, with a troubled young woman, and a grievously-wounded veteran, that might threaten her marriage, her child, and perhaps her life.
This is absolutely out of my comfort zone and I’m not entirely convinced it’s my cup of tea but I can’t stop thinking about it either: what is Kip accused of doing? And why does Jeannie think she can save him by joining an anti-war organisation? Who is the young woman and the wounded war veteran?
What’s the weirdest historical year you’ve read? I mean, 1968 is not weird in the grand scheme of things, but historical for me, is usually at least a 100 years and some change ago lol