State Of The Union Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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"State of the Union has the feel of a handgun primed for Russian roulette. The climax, when past and future collide, is explosive" (The Times)
"The story is sit-up-until-3am readable, the wide-ranging cast of highly individual characters is beautifully handled" (Sunday Times)
"Kennedy is a complete genius when it comes to understanding the minds of stylish but troubled women. What's more, he does so enthrallingly and movingly" (Daily Mirror)
"Extremely clever and consistently engaging" (Independent on Sunday)
"A mesmerising page-turner" (Sunday Express)
A compelling, gripping novel from the No.1 bestselling author of Five Days, The Moment and The Pursuit of Happiness.See all Product Description
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As with 'A Special Relationship' he writes from the female perspective, this time starting off with a much gentler pace in Part One of the book describing life for a young couple in a eight year period (1996-1973). The heroine, does not seem very 'heroine' like' initially, the ordinariness of the life she chooses to live in comparison to the changing times in the US make a riveting contrast.
It makes delightful reading to see Hannah's attempts to live a life different from her parent's, particularly her mother, but in the end she can not stop history repeating itself, while she goes about her life avoiding it. I had to stop myself and figure had Douglas Kennedy lived my life, but can only believe that we all at some level rebel against our parent's beliefs and perceived wrongdoings to find ourselves following their well worn footsteps. Hannah's relationship with her father was just as fascinating as that with her mother, and not as perfect as wanted to fool herself into believing. The Oedipus complex is in full swing here with the dawning awareness as she becomes a mother herself that life is not always black and white.
Her marriage she feels will provide a safe harbour from the complexities of her relationship with her parents, provides too safe a port, you can almost sense her need to get out, and those standing on the sidelines of her life knowing it was not the place to be. As a reader you want to shake her, make her listen to her mother's wisdom, knowing full well you did not listen to your own mother's wisdom when you were that age.Read more ›
Gotta love the review of the woman from Vermont who picks holes in Kennedy's geographical accuracy and suggests we'd all enjoy the book a lot more if it was tightened up. I seriously doubt his target audience was limited to residents of one state who have a working knowledge of its university, dear!
Ok, in this case the guilt is justified - a 48 hour fling and the subsequent guilt which convinces Hannah that she is staying with her husband as atonement. As the years go by their relationship is constantly underated as the 'price' she paid, and never seen clearly for what it was.
Then the horrible coincidence of a missing daughter and a publicity-seeking author combine to expose all her secrets.
Who among us can truely say they have no little misdemeanour to hide from the tabloid press - something that could be twisted and interpreted negatively? Not me!
An interesting storyline which tunrs a gentle light on our hungry media for whom truth and fairness are not the only dishes on the menu.
Definiteley summer reading - a page-turner with touching insight into the female psyche - but some underdeveloped characters and dead ends.
I loved his earlier stuff but judging by his last two efforts.. I would not buy another of his books
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book makes compelling reading,it's hard to put down there are so many surprises. I have enjoyed most of Douglas Kennedy's books and are a great holiday read.Published 4 months ago by Diana Taylor
Douglas Kennedy takes you along so easily in his stories. Very seductive writing. But I still wonder if it is good literature or not. Not sure why.Published 6 months ago by marietim
Another winner from Douglas Kennedy. There is always a shocking change of pace in his stories that keeps you reading.Published 9 months ago by JanMike
Not his best book, first hundred pages rather pedestrian. However, after that, a real page turner,needed to know the outcome. Sad about the unnecessary endless swearingPublished 14 months ago by elizabeth Andrews