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SPOTLIGHT: The Anarchist Thing To Do by Michael Raship #ZowalBooks #LiteraryFiction

The Anarchist Thing To Do
by Michael Raship

Publisher:  Zowal Books
Publish Date: July 11, 2017
337 Pages
Genre:  Literary Fiction

In 1975, six-year-old Skye moves with her family from a hippie commune in the Vermont woods to the suburbs of New York. Skye’s parents are anarchists, the family is an anarchist family, and their reasons for the move, like their reasons for everything else, are political. They are returning to mainstream America to spread the word there about their homemade version of anarchism. As a child growing up within the small, happy world of her family, Skye never questions that her parents are heroes whose political beliefs are going to spark a revolution.

But when Skye becomes a teenager, in the Reagan eighties, she comes face to face with some unpleasant facts: her parents are the town laughingstock, and the anarchist revolution to which they have dedicated their lives is never going to happen. Although even Skye has to admit that some of her parents’ New Agey ideas are pretty kooky, she tries to remain true to her family’s high ideals as she takes the first steps towards finding a place for herself in the world outside her family. But when her parents suddenly break off contact with the family doctor and become fanatical converts to a belief in the healing power of the mind, Skye suspects that her mother is seriously ill and is rejecting the conventional medical treatment that her life depends on.

Michael Raship was born in 1960 in New York City and grew up in the Long Island suburbs. He studied mathematics at university, but since graduation has been working overseas as a teacher of English as a foreign language, living for many years in Thailand and then in Japan. He is the author of The Anarchist Thing to Do and When the Genies Go Free (forthcoming in 2018). 

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