Sandra Gurvis’s The Pipe Dreamers is being reissued in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1969-70 school year demonstrations that culminated in the tragedies at Kent State and Jackson State. Given today’s political, social, and economic divisiveness, it serves as a reminder that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Like Kent State in the late 1960s, Hayes University is in a sleepy Ohio college town. Julia Brandon, an innocent sorority girl, is in for an awakening, both emotionally and physically. Trouble begins when she tries to bail her radical roommate out of jail and escalates as she becomes increasingly involved with the protest movement, which erupts in violence, death, and destruction. Fifteen years later, trapped in an arid life, Julia is forced to face the truth about what happened so long ago. Can she do it without destroying herself and those she loves?
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