• Paperback: 264 pages
• Publisher: Cambridge Books (July 7, 2012)
What makes women fall for men who are tied to political causes?
Set in the Depression and WW II’s aftermath, A Desire Path links a love affair between a married woman and a union organizer with the crisis a famous female journalist faces trying to decide whether to join the Communist Party. Two stories of conflicted loyalties, each a journey along a desire path.
Ilse is drawn to Andy because of his involvement in labor causes, even as Andy himself is struggling with a loss of belief. Anna Mae, Andy’s old friend, tries to balance her responsibility to a senile father with a growing sense her left wing politics have trapped her. After a disastrous encounter with Ilse’s husband, Andy retreats to the mountains. Anna Mae flails about — from Seattle to Moscow, Los Angeles to China — while Ilse gradually discovers her own inner compass.
Jan Shapin has been writing plays and screenplays for over twenty years. More recently she has turned her attention to fiction. She has studied playwriting at Catholic University in Washington, DC, screenwriting at the Film and Television Workshop and University of Southern California, and fiction writing at a variety of locations including Brown University, Barnard’s Writers on Writing seminar, Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She has two grown children and lives in Newport, RI with her husband, a photographer.
Learn more about Jan at her website, janshapin.com.
Jan’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, November 6th: The Book Garden
Thursday, November 8th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, November 19th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, November 26th: Dwell in Possibility
Monday, November 26th: StephTheBookworm
Wednesday, November 28th: Lavish Bookshelf
Tuesday, December 4th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, December 5th: From L.A. to LA
Thursday, December 6th: A Fair Substitute for Heaven
Monday, December 10th: Paperback Princess
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