The Hours Count

The Hours Count

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A spellbinding reimagining of the lives of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. In 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 neighbour and never came home to them again. A few years earlier, in 1947, Millie Stein moves with her husband Ed and toddler son David into an apartment in New York's Lower East Side. She also befriends Ethel who is also a young mother. Millie and Ethel's lives as friends, wives, mothers and neighbours entwine - even as the FBI closes in.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780399576041
Branch Call Number: FIC Canto
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

Mar 07, 2016

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

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, 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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