Chapter 1: I find myself alone in a car in the Canadian countryside in the middle of a chilly April night, about to smuggle a group of anarchists across the border. It’s April, 2001 and I’m in Canada for an anti-globalization protest–already way out beyond the edge of my ordinary middle class life…
Chapter 2: I drive through the night wishing I’d never come. The plan is crazy, scary and inconvenient. But then it works.
Chapter 3: Back to 1973–Bill and I meet and fall in love.
Chapter 4: My relationship to my generation and the events of the 1960s is largely one of confusion, made even more confusing by the fact that my uncle was a federal prosecutor and my father was a college dean. The lens through which I saw the campus protests of my time in college was further clouded in the spring of 1969 when my father was carried out of his office building by members of SDS.
Chapter 5: In the spring of my freshman year I had become infatuated with an Amherst junior named Edward. who did his best to live like a character out of a novel by Henry James.
Chapter 6: Edward and I find ourselves in a situation that literature can’t help with. We break up.
Chapter 7: Edward returns–he’s been drafted and is about to be sent to Vietnam. He persuades his friends to talk him into deserting to Canada instead.
Chapter 8: I take a job waitressing at an old fashioned resort hotel in New Hampshire in order to be close to Edward, but it proves to be not close enough. I quit my job and make plans to move to Montreal.
Chapter 9: “We all live in nested cultures, like Russian dolls.”– My childhood in Hanover, New Hampshire during the 1950s and 1960s.