“Much like a slick, shape-shifting spook, Exposure is many things at oncean espionage thriller, a forbidden-love story, an immigrant’s taleand it assumes these varied identities with confidence . . . a novel you won’t be able to shake.”Entertainment Weekly
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2493-7 • $25.00 • Cloth • Apr. 2016
“Dunmore so cleverly interweaves each of the characters’ stories that as the tale unfolds it has the chilling ring of absolute authenticity. It’s gripping and page turning and all those things you expect in a spy dramabut always laced with her trademark humanity. I was totally caught up in the story which is paced perfectly. Her best book yet.”Mavis Cheek
Virtuoso storyteller Helen Dunmore delivers a high-voltage Cold War espionage tale in which the closest ties are called into question and nobody is quite who they seem.
It’s London, 1960. The Cold War is at its height, and a spy may be a friend or neighbor, coworker or lover. Two colleagues, Giles Holloway and Simon Callington, face a terrible dilemma over a missing top-secret file. At the end of a suburban garden, in the pouring rain, Simon’s wife, Lily, buries a briefcase containing the file deep in the earth. She believes that in doing so she is protecting her family. What she will learn is that no one is immune from betrayal or the devastating consequences of exposure.
A master of the literary war novel as seen through the lens of individuals impacted by war’s effects, Helen Dunmore, in Exposure, pulls back the veneer of 1960s London life to reveal how the betrayals and paranoia of the Cold War infiltrate even families.