Author Jonathan Lethem looks at American communism in ‘Dissident Gardens’

BY Jeffrey Brown  October 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM EST

Jonathan Lethem’s new novel, “Dissident Gardens,” is a look back at American communism across decades and generations through the eyes of Rose Zimmer and her daughter, Miriam. Lethem sat down with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown to talk about radicalism in the U.S. and his job as a novelist in reconstructing history.

Jonathan Lethem reads an excerpt from “Dissident Gardens” below: