The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep

By Neil Gordon

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143123873, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2013

Now a major motion picture directed by Robert Redford and starring Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Terence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Nick Nolte, and Stanley Tucci
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.

About the Author
Neil Gordon was born in South Africa in 1958, and has also lived in New York, Scotland, Paris, and Israel. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was awarded two Hopwood Prizes for fiction, and earned his Ph.D. in French literature at Yale. He has also studied at the University of Jerusalem and the Sorbonne. Until recently on the staff at "The New York Review of Books, " he is currently managing editor of "The Reader's Catalog" and the literary editor of "The Boston Review." He lives in New York.

Praise For The Company You Keep

"A hybrid of political novel, love story, cat-and-mouse thriller . . . an addictive page-turner of a book" --The Seattle Times

"Cerebral, rousing . . . it bids well to enter the company of our best fiction about the Vietnam era." --The New York Times Book Review