The Unwitting

The Unwitting

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"On a bright November day in 1963, President Kennedy is shot. That same day, Nell Benjamin receives a phone call with news about her husband, the influential young editor of a literary magazine. As the nation mourns its public loss, Nell has her private grief to reckon with, as well as a revelation about Charlie that turns her understanding of her marriage on its head, along with the world she thought she knew. With the Cold War looming ominously over the lives of American citizens in a battle of the Free World against the Communist powers, the blurry lines between what is true, what is good, and what is right tangle with issues of loyalty and love. As the truths Nell discovers about her beloved husband upend the narrative of her life, she must question her own allegiance: to her career as a journalist, to her country, but most of all to the people she loves. Set in the literary Manhattan of the 1950s, at a journal much like the "Paris Review, The Unwitting" evokes a bygone era of burgeoning sexual awareness and intrigue and an exuberance of ideas that had the power to change the world. Resonant, illuminating, and utterly absorbing, "The Unwitting" is about the lies we tell, the secrets we keep, and the power of love in the face of both."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780812993448
Call Number: FELDMAN
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Fiction.
Married people -- Fiction.
Intelligence service -- Fiction.
Cold War -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction.


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Oct 03, 2015

Could be made into a good movie script.

Dec 24, 2014

An interesting portrait of 1950s America during the Cold War and the intrigue in the lives of a liberal journalist and her husband who is the editor of a literary magazine. What is betrayal? Feldman does not push modern sensibilities onto the characters and paints a believable picture of the times.

Nov 13, 2014

This was a good read. May start a little slow but it'll hook you about a quarter of the way in and then you'll want to read the rest in one sitting. Good for readers who would like a change from syrupy love stories.

Jrichson Aug 13, 2014

A good read, especially if you like historically-based novels. This one is set in Joseph McCarthy's Cold War Red Scare era. It's basically a story of betrayal between a wife and a husband, thus the witting and the unwitting. The terms were used by the CIA to distinguish between the willing and unwilling, who were unknowing. However, I would've loved to have spend more time getting to know the main characters. A lot of it is explored in the past tense.


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