The Hours Count

The Hours Count

Large Print - 2016
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On June 19, 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage -- the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War. The day Ethel was first arrested in 1950, she left her two young sons with a neighbor and never came home to them again. This spellbinding historical novel reimagines their story.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410486172
1410486176
Branch Call Number: LP CANTO-J
Characteristics: 499 pages (large print) ; 23 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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