Roorback

Library Journal.

“After the bombing of a New York City office tower in 2010, jaded thirty something “professional blogger” Aidan Cole receives a mysterious email containing a picture of a striking young woman named Paige Roderick and the text, “She’s the one responsible….” The message galvanizes him politically and romantically, and Aidan sets out to locate Paige, eventually tracking her to a Vermont town where she’s part of a small ecoterrorist cell she joined out of anger over her brother’s death in Iraq. Confronted with the picture, she realizes that she’s been betrayed and sets about exposing the group. Paige winds up at Aidan’s New York apartment, where her mere presence makes him a not altogether unwilling accessory to terrorism; before they can post their expos√©, they’re framed by the group and find themselves on the run. VERDICT Combining biting comedy and deep seriousness and boasting literary antecedents ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Tom Wolfe to Jay McInerney, first novelist Goodwillie (Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time) offers a remarkable tale of one man’s search for meaning and purpose beyond the superficialities of contemporary urban life that will have wide appeal.”

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