There's Going to Be Trouble: A Novel (Hardcover)

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There's Going to Be Trouble: A Novel (Hardcover)


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A woman is pulled into a love affair with a radical activist, unknowingly echoing her family’s dangerous past and risking the foundations of her future in this electrifying novel.

“An exhilarating novel of star-crossed romances and radical politics, with writing so evocative I swear I could smell the tear gas.”—Nathan Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Nix and Wellness

Minnow has always tried to lead the life her single father modeled—private, quiet, hardworking, apolitical. So she is rocked when an instinctive decision to help a student makes her the notorious public face of a scandal in the small town where she teaches. As tensions rise, death threats follow, and an overwhelmed Minnow flees to a teaching position in Paris. There, she falls into an exhilarating and all-consuming relationship with Charles, a young Frenchman whose activism has placed him at odds with his powerful family. As Minnow is pulled in to the daring protest Charles and his friends are planning, she unknowingly almost repeats a secret tragedy from her family’s past. Her father wasn’t always the restrained, conservative man he appears today. There are things he has taken great pains to conceal from his family and from the world.

In 1968, Keen is avoiding the Vietnam draft by pursuing a PhD at Harvard. He lives his life in the basement chemistry lab, studiously ignoring the news. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with Olya, a fiery community organizer, he is consumed by her world and loses sight of his own. Learning that his deferment has ended and he’s been drafted, Keen agrees to participate in the latest action that Olya is leading—one with more dangerous and far-reaching consequences than he could have imagined.

Minnow’s and Keen’s intertwining stories take us through the turmoil of the late sixties student movements and into the chaos of the modern world. Exploding with suspense, heart, and intelligence, There’s Going to Be Trouble is a story about revolution, legacy, passionate love, and how we live with the consequences of our darkest secrets.
Jen Silverman is the author of a novel We Play Ourselves, a Lambda Literary Award finalist; the story collection The Island Dwellers, longlisted for a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction; and the poetry chapbook Bath. Their honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593448359
ISBN-10: 0593448359
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English
“Spanning from the late ’60s to the present day, from the chemistry labs of Harvard to the streets of Paris, this novel asks prescient questions about personal sacrifice, political responsibility, generational secrets, and the space for love in times of revolution.”Oprah Daily

“Vibrant and juicy.”Kirkus Reviews

“Jen Silverman’s remarkable new book is a thrilling journey through two generations of protest—the riotous streets of modern-day Paris, and the campus sit-ins of the Vietnam era—brilliantly weaving together the stories of two people separated by decades but confronting the same question: What happens when affairs of the heart collide with affairs of the state? This is an exhilarating novel of star-crossed romances and radical politics, with writing so evocative I swear I could smell the tear gas.”—Nathan Hill, author of The Nix and Wellness

“An unbelievably satisfying read—a beautifully paced page-turner with memorably flawed and sympathetic characters, heart-stopping ethical dilemmas, a deeply imagined and absorbing world, and descriptions of activism so painfully accurate you’ll gasp . . . It’s masterful, taut, funny, and sad—full of canny insights on how the political plays out in our personal lives. There's Going to Be Trouble is an absolutely perfect book for this moment, and also one that will stay with you well beyond it.”—V. V. Ganeshananthan, author of Brotherless Night and Love Marriage

“What a juicy and spirited novel Jen Silverman has given us! There’s Going to Be Trouble is crackling with excitement and written with great verve and flair. . . . Truly a dazzling reading experience.”—Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins and All This Could Be Yours

“Atmospheric and profound, Silverman’s novel of defiance and acceptance shimmers with passion, repressed and unbridled.”—Booklist (starred review)