HERE WE ARE AMONG THE LIVING is a must-read, if you're looking for something completely original, well crafted, funny and touchingly insightful. Bernstein has captured the voice of her generation, as they try to find their paths and figure out how to live ethically in a corporatizing world. She has an outstanding ear for dialogue, and presents her characters in epistolary format with a twist: the book is written in emails. HERE WE ARE AMONG THE LIVING is personal at the same time it is political and intergenerational. Baby Boomers ( my generation) will find this equally compelling as Bernstein's generation will, as she examines the world the Boomers are handing over, wishing at times she had been there for the romanticism of the sixties at the same time as she rages against what now seems to her naive and possibly superficial. This is also a love story: between Bernstein and her on again/ off again lover ; between family; and in her community of friends & classmates. The book's Prologue, where she attends a tribute for her father, a poet & teacher of renown who has been an absent figure as she grew up, is touching and poignant. The first entry captures the conversation BernsteinHere We Are Among the Living & her mother have when they first react to 9/11, and with that, the book is off & running. If you thought Dave Eggers' A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS was good , I urge you to get HERE WE ARE AMONG THE LIVING right now: it's way, way better.