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In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most
ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American
In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid
isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, he
negotiates a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, while the
new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.
For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh's election is the first
in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe
corner of America-and with it, his mother, his father, and his