The Hours Count

The Hours Count

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A tale based on the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans put to death for espionage during the Cold War, traces the experiences of their friend and neighbor, who takes in the couple's young sons when they are arrested by the FBI in 1950.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9781594633188
1594633185
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 22 cm

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maipenrai
Dec 26, 2016

AUDIOBOOK REQUESTED FROM MNLink

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abcDena
Apr 28, 2016

OK, so I only gave this book 2.5 stars, but that's not because it wasn't enjoyable. I picked this off the shelf at Sherwood Library because the synopsis was so interesting. I'm obsessed with Cold War USA and the Rosenbergs, so when I saw "Julius and Ethel" in the blurb, I grabbed it.

Jillian Cantor's writing is exquisite and the characters are well-drawn, but I I was slightly disappointed that the story didn't focus on the Rosenbergs as much as it unfolded around them. The imaginary characters that come to the forefront are really interesting: Millie Stein, Ethel and Julius' neighbour, her distant Russian husband, and their little boy, David. David, by today's standards, would be on the autism spectrum.

I might have put the book down if the peripheral characters weren't so sympathetic. Recommended.

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slahyani
Mar 07, 2016

Wow. Read this book. You won't be able to put it down. Well written, interesting story.

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anneprescott
Jan 17, 2016

Based on facts, Cantor's novel creates a wonderfully-paced story that I could not put down. She portrays Ethel as a loving wife and mother whom Cantor believes was innocent of the crimes attributed to her. ... I started this on audible.com, but the narrator's voice wasn't to my liking so I got the hard-copy from the library and read the entire book in just 2 days! It's part love story, part history, part mystery--a page-turner for me.

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