“A story of love and intrigue during the Cold War, The Unwitting plumbs not only the secrets of spies, but those of the human heart. Moving, witty, and thoroughly intelligent, it is an absorbing and deeply satisfying read.”
—Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd
“The Unwitting compelled me from the first page and through every unexpected twist and turn. This look into the dark places in human nature cries out to be read, re-read, and discussed. Unforgettable.”
—Lynn Cullen author of National Bestseller Mrs. Poe
“Through the lens of a passionate, complex marriage Ellen Feldman brings the Cold War back to life. The Unwitting is a wise and irresistible portrait of fascinating people in a tumultuous time.”
—Roger Straus III, Former Managing Director of Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Unwitting: A Novel
A novel of a marriage and a country betrayed.
In the 1950s and 60s, as Russia and the free world battle each other with words as weapons in what was known as the Cultural Cold War, Charlie and Nell Benjamin, a magazine publisher and a writer, are in the thick of it. But when tragedy strikes, Nell discovers that her marriage was not what it seemed and betrayal can wear many masks. The Unwitting is a tale of the stories we tell others, the lies we tell ourselves, and the moral compass we use to navigate the distance between.
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Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of the Unwitting, Next to Love, Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious Orange Prize, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, which was translated into nine languages, and Lucy. Her new novel, The Unwitting will be available May 6, 2014, in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions.