As a diehard fan of this author, I first read this novel when it was
published in 1981. Recently reprinted with new cover art, I am reminded
of the passions and commitment exhibited in this tale of revolution and
Known for her feminist novels (Woman on the Edge of Time
is still used in university studies) and poetry, Ms. Piercy's work has
evolved with contemporary times and themes. This title, however, is
firmly rooted in the political undeground of the 80's.
Originally published in 1979, this piece of revolutionary fiction is a bestselling author’s classic paean to the 1960s. At the center of the novel stands Vida Asch, who has lived underground for almost a decade. Back in the 1960s she was a political star of the exuberant antiwar movement—a red-haired beauty photographed for the pages of Life magazine—charismatic, passionate, and totally sure she would prevail. Now, a decade later, Vida is on the run, her star-quality replaced by stubborn courage. As counterpoint to the underground 1970s, Marge Piercy tells the extraordinary tale of the optimistic era, the thousands of people who were members of Students Against the War, and of the handful who formed a fierce group called the Little Red Wagon. Piercy’s characters make vivid and comprehensible the desperation, the courage, and the blind rage of a time when action could appear to some to be a more rational choice than the vote.
About the Author
Marge Piercy is the author of 17 novels, including the bestselling"Braided Lives," "Gone to Soldiers," and "Woman on the Edge of Time"; numerous volumes of poetry; and a critically acclaimed memoir, "Sleeping with Cats." She is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time. She lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts."
"This epic story is fueled with intense commitment and sensuousness." —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Very exciting. Marge Piercy's characters are complex and very human.” —Margaret Atwood
“Real people inhabit its pages and real suspense carries the story along. . . . Vida of course means life and [Piercy] personifies it.” —Chicago Tribune
“Marge Piercy tells us exactly how it was in the lofts of the Left as the 1960s turned into the 1970s. This is the way everybody sounded. This is the way everybody behaved. Vida bears witness.” —New York Times