| DANCE THE EAGLE TO SLEEP|
by Marge Piercy
They call themselves the Indians: Shawn, Corey, Billy, Joanna - four young people with a fair dose of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll (hippy style) - living a life of resistance. Piercy captures hopes and frustration in an era of alienation; a commune facing a Nixon-style USA wasteland where savage repression has levelled the ghettos and crippled the anti-draft movement.
'Dance the Eagle to Sleep is a vision, not an argument ... It is brilliant. The 'eagle' is America, bald and all but extinct. The "dance" is performed by the tribal young, the self-designated "Indians", after their council meetings, to celebrate their bodies and their escape from the "system". The eagle isn't danced to sleep; it sends bombers to devastate the communes of the young. And yet the naked dancing, as an idea, survives ... a frightening, marvellous book!'
The New York Times
'It's so good I don't even know how to write a coherent blurb. It tore me apart.'
2012, paperback, 264 pages.
Available January 2012