FICTION

Enchanted Islands

Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. May 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780385539067. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539074. F
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Drawing on the memoir of Frances Conway, this fascinating and well-written fictionalized account follows the daughter of Jewish immigrants as she runs away as a teenager from Minnesota to Chicago and then on to Nebraska and San Francisco where she eventually lands a secretarial job working for Navy intelligence. There she marries an undercover officer and accompanies him on a secret mission to the Galápagos Islands to spy on the Germans at the brink of World War II. Readers will be tempted to read Conway's actual memoir to learn more about this intriguing couple, the enchanted setting, and extraordinary time.Read-Alikes Jillian Cantor's The Hours Count, Andrew Gross's The One Man, and Joseph Kanon's Leaving Berlin.

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