The Lunar Housewife by Caroline Woods
From Anchor Books:
A stylish and suspenseful historical page-turner following an up-and-coming journalist who stumbles onto a web of secrets, deceptions, and mysteries at a popular new literary magazine–inspired by the true story of CIA intervention in Cold War American arts and letters.
“Wonderfully entertaining and slyly subversive. Caroline Woods pens a story that will linger in the memory!” —Kate Quinn, New York Timesbestselling author of The Alice Network
Louise Leithauser’s star is on the rise. She’s filing stories at her boyfriend Joe’s new literary magazine and the novel she’s writing is going swimmingly. But when she overhears Joe and his business partner fighting about listening devices and death threats, Louise can’t help but investigate, and learns that someone is pulling Joe’s strings–someone who doesn’t want artists criticizing Uncle Sam. Meanwhile, opportunities are falling in Louise’s lap that she’d have to be crazy to refuse. Can Louise let doors keep opening for her, while the establishment censors her fellow writers? As her suspicions mount, Louise’s novel is colored by her newfound knowledge. And when she’s forced to consider her future sooner than she planned, Louise needs to decide whether she can trust Joe for the rest of her life.
Full of period detail and nail-biting tension, Caroline Woods channels 1950s New York glamour as Louise comes face to face with shocking secrets, brutal sexism, and life or death consequences. The Lunar Housewife is a historical thriller rich with meaning for modern readers.