Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Revolution

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases.
Having just purchased Deb Olin Unferth's first two books- a novel and a short story collection- I was pretty excited to learn that her third one is going to be released soon. This time it's a memoir for the multi-talented lady. Although I haven't read her other books yet, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War is already on my wishlist for 2011.
Rising literary star Deb Olin Unferth offers a new twist on the coming-of-age memoir in this utterly unique and captivating story of the year she ran away from college with her Christian boyfriend and followed him to Nicaragua to join the Sandinistas.

Despite their earnest commitment to a myriad of revolutionary causes and to each other, the couple find themselves unwanted, unhelpful, and unprepared as they bop around Central America, looking for "revolution jobs." The year is 1987, a turning point in the Cold War. The East-West balance has begun to tip, although the world doesn't know it yet, especially not Unferth and her fiancé (he proposes on a roadside in El Salvador). The months wear on and cracks begin to form in their relationship: they get fired, they get sick, they run out of money, they grow disillusioned with the revolution and each other. But years later the trip remains fixed in her mind and she finally goes back to Nicaragua to try to make sense of it all. Unferth's heartbreaking and hilarious memoir perfectly captures the youthful search for meaning, and is an absorbing rumination on what happens to a country and its people after the revolution is over.
Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War will be published by Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan) on February 1st 2011. And yes, I have to continue to refer to it including the byline in order to differentiate it from Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, a fact I find a little annoying.

Have you ever wanted to read two books with the same title? What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Feel free to leave links in the comments.

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