A Woman of Intelligence
Karin Tanabe (Author)
St. Martin's Press
July 20, 2021
6.2 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.32 pounds
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About the Author
Karin Tanabe is the author of over half a dozen novels, including A Woman of Intelligence and The Gilded Years. A former Politico reporter, her writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, and Newsday. She has appeared as a celebrity and politics expert on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and CBS Early Show. Karin is a graduate of Vassar College and lives in Washington, D.C.
Praise for A Woman of Intelligence:"There is so much punchy dialogue and funny-sad humor in this novel...This is a mid-20th-century period piece, but oh, how familiar it all seems. Most radically of all, Tanabe writes spot-on about something many men and women are still loath to talk about: that women can love their children but still crave and need a life outside the home."
--The Washington Post "Layered and engrossing."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Tanabe crafts the historical setting convincingly [and] the novel moves at a brisk pace...perhaps the most subversive thing about the twinned stories is this: how well the masks and performances Rina puts on as wife and mother prepare her for the world of espionage."
--Kirkus "The kind of historical fiction you can get lost in."
--PopSugar "Taut and thoughtful, A Woman of Intelligence vividly portrays a particular moment in American history while capturing a woman's timeless struggle to create her own life."
--Shelf Awareness "A smart thriller with heart...and some simmering sexual tension, too."
--BookRiot "This book works on so many levels...Domestic suspense is often like a spy novel--vast undercurrents and power differentials underpinning a superficially close but in fact exploitative relationship--and nowhere is that point made more clear than in this novel." --CrimeReads "The glitz and glamour of 1954 Manhattan come to life in this captivating novel."
--Woman's World "If you're into fast-paced classic spy thrillers, with plenty of twists and turns, this one's for you."
--Westport Magazine "What a delicious skein of secrets Karin Tanabe has spooled in A Woman of Intelligence, somehow entwining the lies it takes to sustain the fiction of happy motherhood with the lies it takes to work as a covert operative for the FBI in 1954 at the height of the McCarthy hearings. Katharina Edgeworth's awakening into the gray area of patriotic action is prescient, relevant, and above all, deeply satisfying. I loved diving into this world."
--Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Book "Tanabe has long delighted readers of historical fiction with her beautiful writing, compelling plots, and sumptuous historic details. In A Woman of Intelligence, she gives fans a heroine to root for in the strong, complex, and spirited Katharina Edgeworth. This is the story of a woman who dares to dream beyond the gilded cage and stifling social mores into which life has boxed her, and who proves the indelible power of women to change the world in the process."
--Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen's Fortune "Karin Tanabe delivers her most complex heroine yet in A Woman of Intelligence. Katharina Edgeworth, a former UN translator, unfulfilled in her role as wife and mother, finds herself leading a double life as an FBI informant during the McCarthy era. Filled with intrigue and wit, Tanabe takes readers on a meticulously researched journey through post WWII New York. This is a novel for fans of thrillers and historical fiction alike."
--Renee Rosen, bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer