April 27, 2012
Breaking and Entering, written by Eileen Pollack (“an American talent,” Stephen King), is a timely, gripping new novel about the deep divisions in America today. Set against the tragic events of the Oklahoma City bombings, Breaking and Entering follows Christian/Jewish couple Louise and Richard Shapiro as they move from California to rural Michigan with their daughter Molly in an attempt to save their marriage. They find their core beliefs about life and love tested as Louise struggles to understand why her formerly observant Jewish husband has taken up shooting, hunting, and outdoor survival, befriending people she is sure would have sided with the Nazis who tried to exterminate his parents, she grows increasingly distant from him, and increasingly attracted to the dashing Unitarian minister, Ames Wye, who fights to ban creationism in local schools and to provide safe-houses for local residents with HIV and AIDS. After McVeigh’s bombing, Michigan becomes a testing ground for the cultural tolerance so central to American identity. Breaking and Entering challenges the stereotypes we hold about our fellow Americans while reminding us of the unexpected bonds that can form across the divide between so-called Red and Blue states.