The Activist’s Daughter
ISBN: 1-889199-10-9
$14.00 trade paperback
256 pages
Set against a backdrop of the 1960’s civil rights movement, this is a moving account of a young woman’s passage into adulthood. In rebellion against her mother’s participation in the civil rights movement, young Beryl Rosinsky flees her home in Washington D.C. and enrolls at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 1963. Though Beryl struggles to blend in, to conform, to reject her destiny as her mother’s daughter, her encounters with bigotry and hypocrisy force her to accept her family’s values — and teach her who she really is.
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From the reviews of The Activist’s Daughter

“Solid and absorbing. Bache capably reflects the complexities of this volatile period, including the shock of the Kennedy assassination, and her well-etched characters animate this earnest portrait of a young woman’s awakening.”
–Publishers Weekly

“‘The Rosinsky clan is a lively bunch and Bache renders them both comically tenderly. Bache, critically acclaimed for her first novel, Safe Passage, and the winner of the Willa Cather Prize for her short fiction, demonstrates quiet confidence and skill in this novel. There are few fresh ways for a novelist to render the turmoil of the early ’60s, but Bache has found her way.”
–Raleigh News & Observer

“Engaging and lively, The Activist’s Daughter grapples with tough political and social issues and makes no bones about the need for human connection and a defined sense of human purpose. Sensitive and non-dogmatic, this is a moving and insightful novel.”
–Lilith, The Independent Jewish Woman’s Magazine

“With its ethnic roots felt through the pull of family dynamics (this) is one of feminist Spinsters Ink’s strongest offerings to date. It should please many.”

“A riveting yarn about a girl’s coming of age during the turbulent 1960s.”
–Outlook, American Association of University Women

“This kind of book is a treat to review….Bache’s novel is engaging and believable.”
–Women in Libraries

“The push and pull between mother’s and daughter’s psyches are written with subtlety and realism. You see the similarities in the two women early on and feel for Beryl as she flails to accept her heritage.”
–Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Bache’s warm humor and her zest for period detail make for an engrossing portrait of an era.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“Bache has created a realistic teenager in Beryl, a character filled with contradictions and searching for acceptance. Recommended.”
–Library Journal

“JFK might have liked this novel, if it were possible for him to be around to enjoy it. Because of its nostalgic portrayal of radical change … this novel is a good read and morally evocative of a bittersweet bygone era – the early 1960s.”
–Duluth News-Tribune

“It’s easily her best work to date, and it’s a fascinating yarn. … Ms. Bache revives the feel of a particular moment in history, just as Louie, Louie and desegregation were about to break across North Carolina when Chapel Hill was still almost a village — and hardly as liberal as it or Jesse Helms thought it was.
–Wilmington (NC) Star-News

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