A father-son story
Featuring: Hobie McNutt; Hunter McNutt
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The setting is Boston, Fall 1969. Radical groups plot
revolution, runaway kids prowl the streets, cops are at
their wits end, and work is hard to get, even for hookers.
Hobie McNutt, a seventeen year old runaway from West
Virginia drifts into a commune of young revolutionaries.
It's a warm, dry place, and the girls are very available.
But Hobie becomes involved in an increasingly vicious
struggle for power in the group, and in the mounting
violence of their political actions.
His father Hunter, who has been involved in a brave and
dangerous campaign to unseat a corrupt union president in
the coal miners union, leaves West Virginia to hunt for his
runaway son. To make ends meet, he takes day-labor jobs in
order to survive while searching for him.
Living parallel lives, their destinies ultimately movingly
collide in this sprawling classic of radicalism across the
generations, in the vein of Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, and
Talk of the Nation - January 9, 2006
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