Author Elliott Holt's debut novel is rooted in Cold War D.C. and post-Soviet Russia, but raises universal questions about trust and truth. Inspired in part by a true story, the novel follows Sarah Zuckerman's fictional search for answers about the fate of her friend Jenny Jones, whose letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov and ensuing visit to Russia made her a celebrity. We talk with Holt about the nature of truth, the Cold War's place in modern pop culture and the writing process.
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Excerpted from "You Are One of Them" by Elliott Holt. Copyright © 2013. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Press. All rights reserved.