The Oregon Experiment: a novel by Keith Scribner

Scanlon, a young professor with job problems, moves to “Douglas” (Eugene?) Oregon, with wife Naomi and baby, hoping to  jump-start his career by studying a secession movement and anarchists in the NW. Scanlon and Naomi soon find themselves over their heads, dealing with destructive Clay, earth-mother Sequoia, plus academic and sexual jealousies.

Super depiction of Eugene: local places shifted around but the ambience kept intact. Scribner explores the reasoning of anti-establishment characters most of us (I assume) don’t usually meet and gives us a bit of understanding of the folks who throw bricks through windows and plan attacks on the “corporate system” – always making sure that no people are harmed. Everyone in the book is trailing a lot of baggage. Comic, touching. A four-star for most readers, but a must-read for Oregon residents curious about the counter-culture.

Reviewed by Sara V.

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One Response to The Oregon Experiment: a novel by Keith Scribner

  1. Anonymous says:

    Keith is a professor at OSU, so “Douglas” may actually be Corvallis. Or not. 🙂

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