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The Unwitting

by Ellen Feldman

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

The Unwitting Synopsis

Betrayal comes in many forms ...At the height of the Cold War, words are weapons and secrecy reigns. These are challenging times to be a writer and a wife, as Nell Benjamin knows only too well. One bright November day in 1963, the dazzling young president arrives in Texas and Nell receives a phonecall that overturns the world as she knows it. In the shocking aftermath, whilst America mourns, Nell must come to terms with both a tragedy and a betrayal that shatters every illusion of the man she thought she knew better than anyone else. Resonant, illuminating and utterly absorbing, The Unwitting is about the lies we tell, the secrets we keep and the power of both truth and love.

The Unwitting Press Reviews

'Not only is the writing atmospheric and subtle, it has great psychological tension. A compelling and poignant Cold War novel' -- Nigel Farndale, author of THE BLASPHEMER


'Ellen Feldman's masterful, unforgettable portrayal of a marriage during the Cold War evokes the era in beautiful but charged prose. The paranoia of the times crackles on the page as secrets are kept and Nell Benjamin, the narrator, is unwittingly caught in moral quandaries of the 1950s. A captivating work of storytelling that will keep you up late at night, The Unwitting is a timely, must-read novel that reminds us the past continues to haunt' -- Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PROMISE


'The ideal novel for reading in a sunny garden is 50/50 bend of cool, intelligent writing and breakneck pace ... I shall reveal no more. Deckchair heaven (my highest praise).' Saga

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ISBN: 9781447223160
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781447223146
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447223160
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: Ellen Feldman
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Next To Love. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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