Author(s): Lewis Shiner
What happened to the idealism of the 1960s? This question has haunted a generation.
Outside the Gates of Edenfollows two men from their first meeting in high school to their final destination in the 21st century. Alex is torn between his father's business empire and his own artistic yearnings. Cole, constantly uprooted in his childhood, finds his calling at a Bob Dylan concert in 1965.
From the Summer of Love in San Francisco to the Woodstock festival in upstate New York, from campus protests to the Soho art scene, from a communal farm in Virginia to the mariachis of Guadalajara, Mexico, the novel charts the rise and fall of the counterculture - and what came after.
Using the music business as a window into the history of half a century, Outside the Gates of Edenis both epic and intimate, starkly realistic and ultimately hopeful, a War and Peacefor the Woodstock generation.