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Thorndike Press, 2006 - Fiction - 523 pages
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When Ruth Gilmartin learns the true identity-and the WWII profession-of her aging mother, Sally Gilmartin, at the start of Boyd's elegant ninth novel, Ruth is understandably surprised. Sally, nee Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigree living in Paris in 1939, was recruited as a spy by Lucas Romer, the head of a secretive propaganda group called British Security Coordination, to help get America into the war.

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Boyd's narrators all seem to have one thing in common - a uniquely conversational charm paired with a wonderful clarity of voice. Plus, they tend to get caught up right in the thick of things ... Read full review

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Sally Fairchild Gilmartin reveals her true identity (Eva Delectorskaya) to her daughter Ruth when she believes her life is in danger more than a quarter century after her work as a spy for Great ... Read full review


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William Boyd is the author of eight novels, including A Good Man in Africa," "An Ice Cream War and Any Human Heart. Born in Ghana, Africa in 1952, Boyd often sets his novels in far-off exotic locations in the tradition of Graham Greene. From Manila to the deep American South, Boyd's novels traverse time and place exploring the human condition. A former Oxford lecturer in English literature, Boyd's writing bares the hallmark of meticulous historical research. His works have received several awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Boyd has also penned thirteen screenplays that have been turned into film. William Boyd currently lives with his wife Susan in London and southwest France.

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