In new novel by Greensboro author Lee Zacharias, idealism grows up

Greensboro writer Lee Zacharias' new novel is "What a Wonderful World This Could Be." It's about, among other things, '60s radicalism and the lost art of pre-digital photography.

The attractiveness of QAnon conspiracy theories proceeds to astound pundits.

But take into account this: In the 1960s into the 1980s, potentially thousands of sensible, college or university-educated Us citizens sincerely believed the place was on the verge of a violent, Russian-style revolution. If only enough bombs went off in plenty of general public structures, the U.S. government and capitalism by itself would collapse like a household of playing cards.

Factors turned out a minimal in another way.

Greensboro novelist Lee Zacharias (“At Random,” “Throughout the Fantastic Lake”) recollects these tense moments in “What a Amazing Planet This Could Be,” a tale of youthful idealism colliding with age and practical experience.

"What a Wonderful World This Could Be" is the new novel from Greensboro writer Lee Zacharias. It's about, among other things, '60s radicalism and the lost art of pre-digital photography.

Zacharias’ protagonist is Alex, an artwork photographer who teaches at a modest Virginia college. (Only her mother named her “Alexandra.”)  In early 1982, she’s 36 and hasn’t viewed her spouse for 11 many years.

But then he reveals up: Ted Neal, antiwar activist and bombing suspect, is about to surrender himself to federal authorities in Washington. Then, the mom of a man who went MIA in Vietnam shoots him in the head.

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