State of the Union, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Hannah Buchan thinks herself ordinary. She is not the revolutionary child that her painter mother and famous radical father had hoped for.

Raised in the creative chaos of 1960s America, Hannah vows to reject her parents' liberal lifestyle, and settles instead for typical family life in a nondescript corner of Maine.

But normality isn't quite what Hannah imagined it would to be, and try as she might to fight it, the urge to rebel against the things that hem her in grows ever stronger.

Eventually, a series of encounters puts Hannah in an exhilarating but dangerous position - one in which she never thought she would find herself.

For decades, this one transgression in an otherwise faultless life lies buried deep in the past, all but forgotten - until a turn of fate brings it crashing back into the limelight.

As her secret emerges, Hannah's life goes into freefall and she is left struggling against the force of the past.

State of the Union is a stunning and grippingly honest story about life, love and family, set against the backdrop of two different but strikingly similar eras.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • ISBN: 9780099468295

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Entertaining, unchallenging, quite enjoyable.

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An interesting and not too challenging read. I preferred the earlier part of the story.

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Hannah's parents are in the midst of life in the sixties - her father a radical university professor and her mother an artist. Conventional Hannah is something of a disappointment to them, and soon finds herself married and living in small town America. The first part of this novel is narrated by Hannah during this part of her life, and culminates in an incident where, against all her better judgement she is forced to break the law. The second part of the novel jumps the reader forwards by 30 years to a point in time where, when her family finds themselves under scrutiny, Hannah's past catches up with her. This novel, as the titles suggests, reflects on the state of a marriage, and the state of the USA in two very different eras.

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