The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor is our selection for October CapRadio Reads. This is the story of Millie Stein, the fictional neighbor of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The Rosenbergs were the only Americans ever executed on the charge of treason, and their story has been told many times, in non fiction articles and books, but not often in a novel. The book is filled with many of the known facts of the case. Some of these facts were only made public as late as the 1980's, thanks to the Freedom of Information act, passed in 1970. To make this more of a thriller, with a little romance thrown in for good measure, Cantor does invent new characters. However, the bones of the book are the fascinating, and disturbing story of the allegations, the trial and the ultimate execution of the Rosenbergs It is also the story of family dynamics, communists, and the Cold War Era. It's an incredible, thrilling and sad tale, and I can't wait for our discussion. We will meet on October 11 at either 2pm or 6pm to try and sort this all out. It surely will be interesting. Come join us.
PS After our discussion, we found this interesting article on 60 Minutes - take a look.