Jonathan Lethem http://nwpr.org en In These 'Gardens,' The Tree Rings Of The Radical Left http://nwpr.org/post/these-gardens-tree-rings-radical-left <em>Mohsin Hamid's latest novel is called</em> How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.<p>Jonathan Lethem's latest novel, <em>Dissident Gardens</em>, is expansive in scale. Chronologically speaking, it begins in the 1930s with Communist Party meetings in the U.S. It passes through the rise of McCarthyism, the establishment of the New York Mets, the hippie Age of Aquarius and the AIDS crisis. It ventures briefly abroad, to such places as behind-the-Iron-Curtain East Germany and war-torn Nicaragua. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:03:00 +0000 editor 33971 at http://nwpr.org In These 'Gardens,' The Tree Rings Of The Radical Left For Novelist Jonathan Lethem, Radicalism Runs In The Family http://nwpr.org/post/novelist-jonathan-lethem-radicalism-runs-family People who don't believe in God but have an almost religious belief in causes are at the center of Jonathan Lethem's new novel, <em>Dissident</em><em> Gardens</em>. The novel opens in 1955 Queens, N.Y., when Rose Zimmer, a secular Jew and Communist, is expelled from the party, ostensibly because the local committee disapproves of her affair with a black police officer.<p>Rose is a single mother who brings up her daughter, Miriam, to believe it's just a matter of time until the Nazis or the FBI come knocking. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:41:00 +0000 editor 33873 at http://nwpr.org For Novelist Jonathan Lethem, Radicalism Runs In The Family