You Are One of Them - Elliott Holt
In You Are One of Them (Penguin Press, $26.95), debut novelist Elliott Holt wastes no words and pulls no tricks, presenting two friends pulled apart by the immense forces of the Cold War and oncoming adulthood. Jennifer, popular, and with a seemingly idyllic family, simply glides through life. For Sarah, though, things are difficult; terrorized by an abusive home, she tends to try to lie low. Holt gives honesty and elegance to the lasting effects of childhood friendships as well as early trauma, and to the specific haunting of the atomic age, which seems like a nightmare come to life when Jennifer disappears in Russia and Sarah follows her there in the 1990s. While Holt’s book comes to a well crafted ending, the story will leave you considering its ramifications for some time.