Oates, Joyce Carol
Billed as her first dystopian novel, Oates has plenty to say about contemporary society. Set in the near future, (that reviewers have called Trumpian,despite the book being completed two years before Trump was elected.), Adriane Strohl is a little to smart for the times and is sent back to the near past in 1950's Wisconsin, for re-training. The novel is both a poke at the contemporary surveillance state and the conformity of 1950's Groupthink and Cold War paranoia. At its essence, Hazards of Time Travel is a novel about the importance of individuality and the need for humans to struggle against complacency and assumed ideas about how to live.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)