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As Allied forces close in on Berlin in spring 1945, a solitary figure emerges from the wreckage that is Germany. It is Marian Sutro, whose existence was last known to her British controllers in autumn 1943 in Paris. One of a handful of surviving agents of the Special Operations Executive, she has withstood arrest, interrogation, incarceration, and the horrors of Ravensbrück concentration camp, but at what cost? Returned to an England she barely knows and a postwar world she doesn't understand, Marian searches for something on which to ground the rest of her life. Family and friends surround her, but she is haunted by her experiences and by the guilt of knowing that her contribution to the war effort helped lead to the monstrosities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the mysterious Major Fawley, the man who hijacked her wartime mission to Paris, emerges from the shadows to draw her into the ambiguities and uncertainties of the Cold War, she sees a way to make amends for the past and at the same time to find the identity that has never been hers.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781590517239
Characteristics: 500 p. ; 21 cm


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Feb 23, 2018

Winner 2016 Walter Scott Prize. Set in the Cold War, this novel is historical fiction, capturing the era with care and precision, and a character study of an intriguing woman whose depths are never truly fathomed. A good read.

May 07, 2016

You need to keep up to the mark on who is who and when is when. A great read

Mar 11, 2016

Just as exciting as 'Trapeze,' 'Tightrope' finds readers exploring post-World War II London with Marian Sutro as the Cold War era of espionage heats up. A narrator named Sam in this story lightens the tension. Very good.


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