A woman's former life as a radical antiwar protestor threatens her new identity as a wife and mother in this "poignant and stirring novel" (Booklist).
While reluctantly accompanying her husband and daughter to freshman orientation at Indiana University, Nora Quillen hears someone call her name—her real name—a name she has not heard in more than twentyfive years. Not even her husband knows that back in the '60s she was Jane Barth, a student deeply involved in the antiwar movement. Now Jane, and her radical past, are about to come into the light. Shuttling between the present day and the turbulent 1960s, An American Tune tells the story of Jane, a girl from a working-class family who flees when she becomes complicit in a deadly bombing, and Nora, the woman she becomes: a wife and mother living a quiet life in northern Michigan. An American Tune is both a poignant story of a family crushed under the weight of suppressed truths, and an evocation of a country struggling with its own violent legacy.