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You Are One of Them : A Novel About Secrets, Betrayal, and the Friend Who Got Away

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[mild spoilers] Holt is a very mature, disciplined writer. She ends paragraphs beautifully, without any of that extra debut-novel flab one so often finds. Her central metaphor, that of political defection as a kind of personal rejection, is an incredibly powerful one in that it makes both defection feel deeply, stingingly personal and romantic/friend rejection feel epic, world-ending. D.C. in the Cold War is a great setting, one too little used in contemporary fiction, and Holt deploys it with skill and texture.It should be said that this is a deeply lonely story. The main character was left by both a deceased sister and a divorced father early in her life, and as such struggles mightily to make connections to other characters. Holt even prevents the reader from assuming a happier future for the narrator, cutting off a potential romance and describing a future heartbreak. There's a brutal truth to this, and it's never written in a heavy-handed way, but the loneliness is deep and pervasive.

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In her insightful forensic of a mourned friendship, Holt illuminates the lasting sting of abandonment and the measures a friend takes to bring back those she has lost. A taut, moving debut about the ways people define themselves against others, and the secrets they keep. "A hugely absorbing first novel from a writer with a fluid, vivid style and a rare knack for balancing the pleasure of entertainment with the deeper gratification of insight. More, please.”
—Maggie Shipstead, The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
 
"A story about Russia, the United States, friendship, identity, defection, and deception that is smart, startling, and worth reading regardless of when you were born.”
—Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine
 
"Holt's beguiling debut… in which there is no difference between personal and political betrayal, vividly conjures the anxieties of the Cold War without ever lapsing into nostalgia."
The New Yorker


Sarah Zuckerman and Jennifer Jones are best friends in an upscale part of Washington, D.C., in the politically charged 1980s.  Sarah is the shy, wary product of an unhappy home: her father abandoned the family to return to his native England; her agoraphobic mother is obsessed with fears of nuclear war.  Jenny is an all-American girl who has seemingly perfect parents.  With Cold War rhetoric reaching a fever pitch in 1982, the ten-year-old girls write letters to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace.  But only Jenny's letter receives a response, and Sarah is left behind when her friend accepts the Kremlin's invitation to visit the USSR and becomes an international media sensation.  The girls' icy relationship still hasn't thawed when Jenny and her parents die tragically in a plane crash in 1985.

Ten years later, Sarah is about to graduate from college when she receives a mysterious letter from Moscow suggesting that Jenny's death might have been a hoax.  She sets off to the former Soviet Union in search of the truth, but the more she delves into her personal Cold War history, the harder it is to separate facts from propaganda.

You Are One of Them is a taut, moving debut about the ways in which we define ourselves against others and the secrets we keep from those who are closest to us.  In her insightful forensic of a mourned friendship, Holt illuminates the long lasting sting of abandonment and the measures we take to bring back those we have lost.

Specifications

Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Elliott Holt
ISBN-13
9780143125440
Publication Date
April, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.74 x 5.10 x 0.77 Inches
ISBN-10
0143125443

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As a person who became...

As a person who became an adult in the era of Reagan and Yeltsin and the end of the Cold War, I thoroughly loved this story of two American girls who one day in the early 1980s decide to write the then Soviet premier and ask for peace between the two countries. The tale spines from there and forward to Russia in mid-1990s. Very good storytelling and enjoyable story. Wish the novel could have been a bit longer, with a bit more meat, but otherwise, a very interesting twist or two -- with lots of US-Russia intrigue.

[mild spoilers] Holt i...

[mild spoilers] Holt is a very mature, disciplined writer. She ends paragraphs beautifully, without any of that extra debut-novel flab one so often finds. Her central metaphor, that of political defection as a kind of personal rejection, is an incredibly powerful one in that it makes both defection feel deeply, stingingly personal and romantic/friend rejection feel epic, world-ending. D.C. in the Cold War is a great setting, one too little used in contemporary fiction, and Holt deploys it with skill and texture.It should be said that this is a deeply lonely story. The main character was left by both a deceased sister and a divorced father early in her life, and as such struggles mightily to make connections to other characters. Holt even prevents the reader from assuming a happier future for the narrator, cutting off a potential romance and describing a future heartbreak. There's a brutal truth to this, and it's never written in a heavy-handed way, but the loneliness is deep and pervasive.

This is a story about ...

This is a story about defection: spies defecting to Russia during the cold war, and personal defections as the main character (Sarah) loses loved ones to death and to divorce. The book is well written with strong characters and a compelling story. Ms. Holt has done a great job of weaving the story of the political atmosphere of the Cold War into the psyche and experiences of her characters.

(Fiction, American) ...

(Fiction, American) Set during the Cold War, this story revolves around a community of young Americans living and working in Moscow. I had a difficult time deciding on a rating of 3 or 3½ stars. In the end I came down on the side of readability. Read this if: if you'd like a low-key spy novel. 3½ stars

You Are One of Them by...

You Are One of Them by Elliot Holt is a coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the fear and anxiety that gripped America during the cold war. In 1982, two ten year old girls compose letters to the leader of the Soviet Union, Yuri Andropov. One of these little girls, Jenny, gets not only an answer to her letter but an invitation for herself and her family to visit Russia. Jenny becomes a instant celebrity and soon the other girl, Sarah has been left behind, ignored and missing her best friend. When Jenny and her parents perish in a plane crash, Sarah has difficulty coming to terms with her death. Flash forward 10 years, and Sarah has now graduated from university when she receives a mysterious letter from a woman that Jenny met in Moscow. The letter implies that perhaps Jenny and her family did not perish in the plane crash . Sarah immediately sets off to Russia hoping to find answers. But is this a dangerous secret that waits to revealed or an elaborate hoax? An interesting read, but truthfully I never felt fully connected to the story. I think I was looking for more of a mystery than the book actually turned out to be. Ultimately this was more about Sarah, her inner conflicts and resolving her unfinished issues that lingered from not having closure with Jenny. I did feel that the author's descriptions of the budding friendship between the two girls was very well done, and also thought the frustrations and difficulties in trying to converse much less get answers in a country like Russia was both accurate and at times quite humorous.

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