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Jillian Cantor

A spellbinding historical novel about a woman who befriends Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and is drawn into their world of intrigue, from the author of Margot. On June 19, 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage. The day Ethel was first arrested in 1950, she left her two young sons with a neighbor, and she never came home to them again. Brilliantly melding fact and fiction, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of that neighbor, and the life of Ethel and Julius, an ordinary-seeming Jewish couple who became the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War. A few years earlier, in 1947, Millie Stein moves with her husband, Ed, and their toddler son, David, into an apartment on the eleventh floor in Knickerbocker Village on New York's Lower East Side. Her new neighbors are the Rosenbergs. Struggling to care for David, who doesn't speak, and isolated from other "normal" families, Millie meets Jake, a psychologist who says he can help David, and befriends Ethel, also a young mother. Millie and Ethel's lives as friends, wives, mothers, and neighbors entwine, even as chaos begins to swirl around the Rosenbergs and the FBI closes in. Millie begins to question her own husband's political loyalty and her marriage, and whether she can trust Jake and the deep connection they have forged as they secretly work with David. Caught between these two men, both of whom have their own agendas, and desperate to help her friends, Millie will find herself drawn into the dramatic course of history. As Millie-trusting and naive-is thrown into a world of lies, intrigue, spies and counterspies, she realizes she must fight for what she believes, who she loves, and what is right.

A spellbinding historical novel about a woman who befriends Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and is drawn into their world of intrigue, from the author of Margot. On June 19, 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage. The day Ethel was first arrested in 1950, she left her two young sons with a neighbor, and she never came home to them again. Brilliantly melding fact and fiction, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of that neighbor, and the life of Ethel and Julius, an ordinary-seeming Jewish couple who became the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War. A few years earlier, in 1947, Millie Stein moves with her husband, Ed, and their toddler son, David, into an apartment on the eleventh floor in Knickerbocker Village on New York's Lower East Side. Her new neighbors are the Rosenbergs. Struggling to care for David, who doesn't speak, and isolated from other "normal" families, Millie meets Jake, a psychologist who says he can help David, and befriends Ethel, also a young mother. Millie and Ethel's lives as friends, wives, mothers, and neighbors entwine, even as chaos begins to swirl around the Rosenbergs and the FBI closes in. Millie begins to question her own husband's political loyalty and her marriage, and whether she can trust Jake and the deep connection they have forged as they secretly work with David. Caught between these two men, both of whom have their own agendas, and desperate to help her friends, Millie will find herself drawn into the dramatic course of history. As Millie-trusting and naive-is thrown into a world of lies, intrigue, spies and counterspies, she realizes she must fight for what she believes, who she loves, and what is right.
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A spellbinding historical novel about a woman who befriends Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and is drawn into their world of intrigue, from the author of Margot. On June 19, 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage. The day Ethel was first arrested in 1950, she left her two young sons with a neighbor, and she never came home to them again. Brilliantly melding fact and fiction, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of that neighbor, and the life of Ethel and Julius, an ordinary-seeming Jewish couple who became the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War. A few years earlier, in 1947, Millie Stein moves with her husband, Ed, and their toddler son, David, into an apartment on the eleventh floor in Knickerbocker Village on New York's Lower East Side. Her new neighbors are the Rosenbergs. Struggling to care for David, who doesn't speak, and isolated from other "normal" families, Millie meets Jake, a psychologist who says he can help David, and befriends Ethel, also a young mother. Millie and Ethel's lives as friends, wives, mothers, and neighbors entwine, even as chaos begins to swirl around the Rosenbergs and the FBI closes in. Millie begins to question her own husband's political loyalty and her marriage, and whether she can trust Jake and the deep connection they have forged as they secretly work with David. Caught between these two men, both of whom have their own agendas, and desperate to help her friends, Millie will find herself drawn into the dramatic course of history. As Millie-trusting and naive-is thrown into a world of lies, intrigue, spies and counterspies, she realizes she must fight for what she believes, who she loves, and what is right.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rachel Botchan

Length:

11h 13m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:48


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

12:17


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

15:55


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

15:37


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

21:33


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

08:19


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

08:41


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

20:22


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:16


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

21:49


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

20:22


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

20:41


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

21:49


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

37:32


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

25:58


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

10:57


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

43:57


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

07:10


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

44:00


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

28:56


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

19:38


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

09:09


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

15:43


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

56:48


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

06:56


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

45:19


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

43:27


Part 5
Part 5

21:27


Part 6, Chapter 28
Part 6, Chapter 28

27:10


Part 6, Chapter 29
Part 6, Chapter 29

20:30


Part 6, Chapter 30
Part 6, Chapter 30

00:34