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By Ryan McIlvain | Comments: ( 352 ) | Date: ( Sep 19, 2019 )

An intimate, suspenseful, and provocative portrait of friendship and love at its limits, and a timely exploration of class tensions and corporate excess in America When Eli first meets Sam Westergard, he is dazzled by his new friend s charisma, energy, and determined passion Both graduate students in New York City, the two young men bond over their idealism, their love oAn intimate, suspenseful, and provocative portrait of friendship and love at its limits, and a timely exploration of class tensions and corporate excess in America When Eli first meets Sam Westergard, he is dazzled by his new friend s charisma, energy, and determined passion Both graduate students in New York City, the two young men bond over their idealism, their love of poetry, and their commitment to socialism, both in theory and practice this last taking the form of an organized protest against Soline, a giant energy company that has speculated away the jobs and savings of thousands As an Occupy like group begins to coalesce around him, Eli realizes that some of his fellow intellectuals are deeply and dangerously devoted to the cause than others One such true believer is Alex, Eli s ex girlfriend and eventually Sam s lover, who pushes the group toward a active posture, complicating Sam and Eli s friendship as well as Eli s relationship with his fianc Jen, a musician who is and skeptical of the group s radicalism When Sam and Eli begin to pursue the ex CEO of Soline personally, what was once a mere academic debate becomes violently real A fiercely intelligent, wonderfully human illustration of friendship, empathy, and suspicion in the midst of political upheaval, Ryan McIlvain s new novel confirms him as one of the most talented and distinctive writers at work today.


  • Title: The Radicals
  • Author: Ryan McIlvain
  • ISBN: 9780553417883
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Ryan McIlvain

Ryan McIlvain s debut novel, Elders, was longlisted for the Center for Fiction s First Novel Prize in 2013 His other work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Rumpus, Post Road, Tin House online, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other venues, and has received honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading McIlvain s second novel, The Radicals, is due out in February A former recipient of the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, he now lives with his family in Florida, where he is an assistant professor of English at the University of Tampa.



Comments The Radicals

  • Tammy

    Eli, Sam and Alex are drop outs from grad school at NYU and become members of a collective that protest a large energy company that has misused funds and created havoc in thousands of people’s lives. Jobs and homes are lost and retirement funds frittered away. The first protest is not unlike the Occupy Movement. This isn’t active enough and, as some of the members become zealots, things become violent. The first fifty pages are far from riveting and by the end of the book I didn’t care wha [...]


  • Blair

    This was among a handful of review copies I was sampling, and the first few pages were so attention-grabbing and unusual that I just couldn't stop reading. It's not the subject matter: needless to say, the lives of middle-class graduate students in New York have been chronicled more than enough. It's the way it's written – throwing you straight into the physicality of a game of tennis between two friends, who we learn are Eli (the narrator) and Sam, and providing an irresistible piece of bait: [...]


  • Glen

    This book was a poignant reminder of what it’s like to be growing up then expected to be grown up in such a short time span. What happens when one isn’t ready for the real world and then is influenced by those that are in the real world but have no idea what the real world is? Ideals are ill-formed, peer pressure sets in, immature decisions lead to rash behavior then tragedy strikes. The story centers on Eli – an immature grad student that isn’t ready to graduate – and his push & p [...]


  • Celia

    I liked The Radicals. I had not experienced a book like this before. The plot describing drop-out grad students who are involved in confronting social action issues brought on by greedy corporates – interesting!! I felt the descriptive prose affected me as well. It was written in such a way as to force me to read slowly, savoring every image and idea. Personally it appealed because of familiar locales: NYC, Arizona and Zion National Park, to name a few. The references to music, although techni [...]


  • Mike

    Two graduate school dropouts become friends through their involved in an 'Occupy'-like movement, but things change when one of them becomes violent.At times I enjoyed the author’s writing style, but I found it very challenging to stay interested in the story and I really didn’t care for or about any of the characters.


  • Angie

    A well-written story about stomach-turning characters. There seems to be a current in literature that strives to keep characters real by making them despicable, and this book swims deep in that river. I'm not jumping in. There are many real people in my life that do examine their own actions with a conscience, and I would consider these fictional characters in The Radicals aberrations. As such, if a story is not driven by characters, it usually requires a compelling idea, a well-examined ideolog [...]


  • Roger DeBlanck

    The Radicals, the second novel from the talented Ryan McIlvain, is a compelling follow-up to his memorable debut Elders. The narrator of The Radicals is Eli, a disenchanted PhD candidate in socialist theory at NYU. When we meet Eli, his plummet has begun with a “soul-soddenness, the weight of waste” regarding his dissertation and his purpose in life. On the verge of dropping out, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Sam Westergard, a poet in the MFA program. Sam’s rash personality dra [...]


  • Hope Sloper

    The Radicals is one of those novels that is so well-written you feel as though you have to love it. Ryan McIlvain is spectacular at his craft which makes the book very easy to read and understand. His writing is so focused and clean, I knew within the first few pages that the execution of the novel was going to be on point. Yet, I didn’t love it. I understand why people find love in poetry, I, however, am not one of those people. There are random drops of prose throughout the novel and it was [...]


  • Sarah

    The premise of this novel intrigued me: failed grad students get caught up in an Occupy-like movement and things go too far.Unfortunately, I disliked all of the characters so much, I stopped caring about what happened to them, so the plot itself meant little to me. The main characters all seemed pretentious and arrogant, and there was little character development beyond that. I never got a good handle on WHY any of the characters made the choices, or behaved, that they did. I can't tell if the a [...]


  • Sharon

    A beautifully written slow-burn suspense novel that both delights and devastates. The novel follows two graduate students, their friendship, and their changing lives as they participate in Occupy-like protests and then get more involved in an underground movement of their own. The novel fearlessly confronts our feelings on the protesters’ privilege, malaise, and desire for change as they try to navigate from the page to the street, and it does so deftly, without being either cruel or coddling. [...]


  • Charles Duffie

    What do you do with your conscience, with your life, in this world where “predatory capitalism has never been more invisible, more inevitable-seeming”? That dilemma tears at Ira, the narrator of this haunting novel. Ira is a Socialist, grad student, intellectual, atheist. And yet, through Mcilvain’s alchemy, Ira becomes a modern Everyman. I felt each step of his journey; his confusion, helplessness, even his earnestness. Far from being a decisive character, Ira, like many of us, is lost. I [...]


  • Maryme

    Eli is a grad student at NYU who can’t seem to finish his thesis. His field of study is Socialist Theory, but Eli is no radical. He is introspective, indecisive, and pessimistic, and he seems to have lost any fervor he might once have had towards Marxist theory. He befriends Sam, a graduate student pursuing a MFA in poetry. Sam is all that Eli is not: charismatic, spontaneous, driven towards action over idealistic discussion. This novel is the story of their friendship and is also the story of [...]


  • Zachary Houle

    Are you a Marxist? Do you miss the days of Occupy? Here’s a novel to digest, then. Ryan McIlvain’s sophomore novel The Radicals is essentially a state of the union for the protest movement. And it doesn’t look too kindly on that movement at all. The story is told from the viewpoint of a young man named Eli who is pursuing a political post-graduate degree in New York City. He becomes friendly with a classmate and tennis partner, Sam. Together, the two join up with an extracurricular protest [...]


  • Jen

    Protests are sadly becoming a more necessary and common occurrence, but the extreme actions of a select few protesters in The Radicals by Ryan McIlvain are far from the norm.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: makinggoodstories.wordpress/.Graduate students Sam and Eli have become friends despite their disparate backgrounds. From a chance meeting in a class to becoming tennis partners, Eli and Sam teach each other different things about their respective viewpoints and ways of [...]


  • A.j. Garner

    This made me aware of how hard it would be to write Rules of Attraction or Less than Zero now. Have the rules of class struggle changed since the 80's? No. Has the middle to rich liberal youths wanted the same thing in each decade? I feel like I am reading about myself mixed with Less than zero mixed in. Minus the first thirty to fifty pages, I enjoyed this book. It made me think and reflect. It made me think of Gen X literature. It made me think of getting older and youth ideals fading.


  • Beth

    It was an absolute SLOG to get through this book. The characters were irredeemably unlikable, the "plot" didn't even really get going until 180-ish pages in, and there were a ridiculous number of rambling tangents and asides that had ZERO to do with the story. Skip.


  • Kathleen Gray

    I wanted to tell all of these characters to get a job. To move to middle America and get a job. That's an unusual reaction from me (especially since I live squarely in the Volvo zone) but I could not summon any sympathy for them. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC which I DNF.


  • Jillian

    2 stars; book #15 of 2018 - I do not recommend reading this book. I got an advanced copy of The Radicals by Ryan McIlvain, which will be published February 13, 2018.The cover page says “The Life and Death of Sam Westergard” and the story beings with the narrator and Sam playing a game of tennis. “I couldn’t have known I was standing across the net from a murderer, and neither could he.” Reading this sentence on the first page, I was intrigued and pulled into the book, but unfortunately [...]


  • Alise (Read Write Repeat)

    Read my full thoughts on this book and hundreds more over at Read.Write.Repeat.The insufferable characters and slow plot made this book a struggle to finish.


  • Annamae

    Ryan McIlvain The Radicals was a intriguing novel about a variety of relationships of college students who are involved in political activism. As the novel, opens we are introduced to the main characters Eli and Sam, whose friendship and activism take us through the novel. I do not want to give away to much of the novel. I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to others.


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