Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Club Friday-- The Company You Keep.

GoodReads Synopsis:  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.

My Thoughts:  This book was very, very good.  I desperately wanted to finish it so I could know what happened!  Neil Gordon did a great job of concealing what happened while strategically sprinkling in little details that help you narrow down the possibilities throughout the story.  Yet somehow, despite all this, The Company You Keep took me FOREVER to get into.  It just didn't suck me in for some reason.  Possibly it was the way it was written-- by multiple characters all telling bits of the big story to Isabel.  Or it just could have been that he had to set up so much of the story that it wasn't until the second half that it got really good.  Either way, I'm very glad I read it, and I highly recommend it.  And I can't wait to see the movie!


  1. this sounds freaky and dark and good!!!


    1. I agree! I think I may need to read this.

  2. This book sounds so good!


  3. I've never heard of this one before, but am intrigued by it especially knowing it's going to be a movie. This one definitely sounds like one I need to look out for.