As we were leaving the park Landvik said she was on her way that evening to do a reading in Woodbury. I brought up the fact that her books are probably pretty popular in suburban book clubs, and that a lot of those suburban women might have Bush stickers on their SUVs.
"Nah," she said. "I find that most of the book groups tend to be liberal. In fact, most people who read tend to be liberal. I think that's the definition of a liberal worldview, when you're exposed to all kinds of people different from yourself. I think the ability to imagine people very different from yourself and to think about what their lives are like, that's a very liberal way to think. Like Atticus Finch says, 'If we just walked a mile in another man's skin....'"
In 1996, Lorna Landvik had a dream that she was Gorbachev's temp during a nuclear crisis. Not long after, she set off on a nine-month, cross-country disarmament march with her husband and baby.