Title: A Desire Path
Author: Jan Shapin
Genre/Audience: Historical fiction, adult
Publication: Cambridge Books, 2012
Source: For review, TLC
Review by Kim
Summary: Set in the Depression and WWII’s aftermath, A Desire Path traces a love affair between Ilse, a New England housewife, and Andy, a Union organizer who has grown disillusioned by the infighting in the nation’s capitol. Ilse’s husband, Leo, a powerful Washington lawyer, retaliates by destroying Andy’s livelihood. Still in love with him, Anna Mae, a journalist friend of Andy’s, returns from Moscow to tend an increasingly senile father only to confront the horrific past that first prompted her escape to the Soviet Union.
My Thoughts: A Desire Path was kind of outside the norm of what I usually read, but it had a really good storyline so I gave it a try anyways, despite my typical aversion to historical fiction. There was quite a bit of history included throughout, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was familiar with this period of history. Unfortunately, history is not my thing, so I did feel a bit lost at times. While it ended up being a DNF for me, if you are into historical fiction, I think you would really enjoy this. The writing is strong, and the history is lively. Had I been more interested in the historical aspect, I would have really enjoyed it. If you enjoy history and historical fiction, give this one a try – you won’t be disappointed.
My Rating: DNF