by Jordana Horn

Checkmate!

A U.S. family and the Cold War

Something Red, by Jennifer Gilmore (Scribner, $25.00), provides a high-definition look at an era, a geographic location and a family. The novel is the story of the Goldstein family of Washington D.C., but it’s also the story of a largely under-chronicled historical era of transition: that period of ambiguity during the late 1970s and early 1980s in which the United States and Russia were locked in a fruitless standoff of paralysis and mistrust. Through narrative, Gilmore forges an allegory of a country and a family locked in a state of checkmate.

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