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Fellow Travelers: A Novelby Thomas Mallon
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From the highly acclaimed author of Bandbox and Dewey Defeats Truman–a searing new historical novel about the competing claims of faith, love, and politics during the McCarthy era.
Washington, D.C., in the early 1950s: a world of bare-knuckled ideology, hard drinking, and secret dossiers, dominated by such outsized characters as Richard Nixon, Drew Pearson, Perle Mesta, and Joe McCarthy. Into this fevered city steps Timothy Laughlin, a recent Fordham graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. A chance encounter with a handsome, profligate State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job in D.C. and–after Fuller’s advances–his first love affair. Now, as McCarthy mounts an increasingly desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit and intrigue, and clinging to the friendship of a beautiful young woman named Mary Johnson, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his love for God, and his love for Fuller–an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
Moving between the Senate Office Building and the Washington Evening Star, the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO’s front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is energized by high political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak. It is Thomas Mallon’s most accomplished and daring novel to date.
In a powerful historical novel set in Washington, D.C., in the early 1950s, Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic, arrives to join the crusade against Communism, only to find himself falling for Hawkins Fuller, a State Department official, and struggling to reconcile his political convictions, his love for Fuller, and his devotion to his faith. 25,000 first printing.
It's 1950s Washington, D.C.: a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, dominated by personalities like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Joe McCarthy. Enter Timothy Laughlin, a recent collegegraduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job and, after Fuller's advances, his first loveaffair. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on sexual subversives in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their doublelives. Moving between the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO's front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is a searing historical novel infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and genuineheartbreak.
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About the Author
Thomas Mallon is the author of seven novels, including Bandbox, Henry and Clara, and Dewey Defeats Truman. Among his nonfiction books are studies of diaries (A Book of One’s Own), plagiarism (Stolen Words), and the Kennedy assassination (Mrs. Paine’s Garage). A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications, he lives in Washington, D.C.
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