America, America by Ethan Canin

America AmericaAmerica America by Ethan Canin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book strikes me as a scandal salad. Toss together the shenanigans of the Kennedy brothers, Nixon, Clinton and assorted senators to create a story line. Drizzle with Mid-West/Eastern class conflict and rags-to-riches stories. Gently sprinkle with coming-of-age and pondering the future. It is very enjoyable where the flavors mingle and come together, yet rather bitter in the places where it all separates into singular parts. America, America is one of those books that could be a very good read if only we could sort out the ingredients and remix. Rather like redoing a salad.

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