Sunday, March 02, 2014

2014 book 51

Ellen Feldman's The Unwitting
The protagonist of this book is a journalist who receives a call about her husband on the day of JFK's assassination--and then the book flashes back to their courtship in the late 40s and their years of writing and activism in the 50s. The foreshadowing is a bit heavy-handed, and the big reveal won't resonate as much with readers in this day and age (or at least, it didn't with me), but the story and the protagonist's struggles are still really compelling. The late introduction of a secret journal is also a bit much, but works well with the way Feldman wraps the story up. Generally a satisfying and interesting read, and an engaging look at a period that isn't often covered in novels. B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released on May 6th.

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