Thursday, December 11, 2008
Washington Post Selects ENLIGHTENMENT One of the Best Books of 2008
Maureen Freely's novel Enlightenment has been chosen by The Washington Post as one of the Best Books of 2008. Reviewed in August 3 issue of the Washington Post Sunday Book World, Jason Goodwin wrote: "This is a story almost impossible to summarize but hard to forget. It's remarkable for its descriptions of the city as it was in the 1970s and as it is now, after the break-up of the Soviet Union has released so much energy around the area. Freely is an almost perversely original writer, sharply observing the world she knows so well and upending all one's suppositions and assumptions. One example I found touching: Her grown-up student radicals do not shower their youthful selves with middle-aged reproof; they still crackle with energy and purpose. Enlightenment may be too long and, at times, too opaque to win the audience it deserves, but it is a brave, unflinching work of art."