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State of the Union

(2005)
A novel by

 
 
Douglas Kennedy's riveting new novel bears his trademark genius for writing serious popular fiction.

Hannah Buchan leads an orderly life in a small town in Maine — a schoolteacher, married to a doctor, with two grown up children. However, her past conceals a dark secret. Thirty years ago she had a brief, dangerous fling with Tobias Judson, a high profile student activist, which she had reconciled to that internal, off-limits attic room marked "Ancient History." But when Tobias suddenly pops up out of nowhere with a book about his radical years, her life goes into free-fall. And before she knows it, Hannah discovers that a long-ago transgression is never really forgotten.

Set amid two wildly contrasting periods of recent American life — the militant 60s and 70s, and the new-found conservatism of today — State of the Union is a remarkable portrait of one woman's attempts to find her own way in the shifting political currents of her time. But it is also an intriguing portrait of the complexities of a long marriage, the ongoing guilt of parenthood, the perpetual tension between familial responsibility and personal freedom, and the divisive debate between liberal and conservative values that so engulfs the United States today.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Douglas Kennedy's State of the Union

Hardback Editions

October 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: State Of The Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-180028-5 / 978-0-09-180028-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: State of the Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4516-0209-X / 978-1-4516-0209-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: State Of The Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-946829-8 / 978-0-09-946829-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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2005 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: State Of The Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-949795-6 / 978-0-09-949795-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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September 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: State Of The Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-180038-2 / 978-0-09-180038-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Audio Editions

April 2006 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: State of the Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-3556-6 / 978-0-7531-3556-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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April 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: State of the Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-2535-8 / 978-0-7531-2535-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: State of the Union: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Atria Books
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April 2010 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: State Of The Union
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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