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Restless

A Novel
Boyd, William (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In December, 2012 The Sundance Channel will air the BBC-produced film RESTLESS starring Charlotte Rampling, Michael Gambon, Hayley Atwell, and Rufus Sewell, based on this novel by William Boyd. Someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. It is the summer of 1976, and the only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939. Soon Ruth is drawn deeper into the astonishing events of her mother's past, including her work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward U.S. involvement in Second World War and her dangerous love affair with another spy. Ruth also discovers that her mother has one final assignment. This time, though, Eva can't do it alone--she needs Ruth's help. Full of tension and drama, emotion and history, this is storytelling at its finest.
Authors: Boyd, William, 1952-
Title: Restless
a novel
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2007, c2006
Edition: paperback ed
Characteristics: ix, 324 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: William Boyd
ISBN: 1596912375
9781596912373
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOYD 2007
Subject Headings: Family secrets Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction Women spies Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Great Britain Fiction
Topical Term: Family secrets
Mothers and daughters
Women spies
World War, 1939-1945
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Someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. It is the summer of 1976, and the only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth about her past...


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Jan 13, 2014
  • philisgreat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A smart, gripping adventure combining two time periods and the mystery of recollection and memory. A must-read for any William Boyd fan.

May 09, 2013
  • poppy2010 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable/plausible story.
There must be many families around the world with 'ghosts in the closet' like this.
I couldn't put it down!

Apr 12, 2013
  • callaottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great read from this superb storyteller. I thought I would have been disappointed after having enjoyed Any Human Heart so much, but I wasn't.

May 08, 2012
  • dcafk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good read. Great plot.

May 01, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a good book told from a daughter's perspective. Her mother and her search for her mentor and lover reveals interesting secrets aboutg the past.

Bored to distraction by the end of the first chapter.

Jan 02, 2008
  • gailygirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A terrific one-day read. Employs what I call the "two-story" narrative with one chapter about the present, one about the past, which we are very anxious to have revealed to us. Moves along very quickly and I never lost interest. Nor does the plot let us down.

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