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Capital Region Reads: ‘Love After Love’ and ‘Dead Doubles’


As the weather turns chilly, Linda Loeser from the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library has two book recommendations to bring us into the fall season.

“Love After Love,” by Ingrid Persaud
Published by One World

After Betty Ramdin’s abusive husband dies suddenly, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo, as a lodger to help pay the rent. Over time, the three become like a family, loving and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears his mother confiding a long-held secret to Mr. Chetan, sending a shock wave through the Trinidadian family.

The novel shifts among the three characters’ points of view, deftly depicting a family struggling with the power of love and forgiveness. Recommended for readers who like literary fiction, family sagas and a strong sense of place depicted in the vivid Trinidadian setting.

“Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War’s Most Notorious Spy Rings,” by Trevor Barnes
Published by Harper Collins

During the height of the Cold War, a time marked by an accelerating space race between the Soviet Union and the United States, Soviet intelligence was busy planting spies in the West using death records, stolen passports, and other tools. This eye-opening look into Soviet-style espionage recounts the efforts of British and American intelligence to crack a spy ring stealing sensitive submarine information. Working secretly out of a quiet London suburb, and run by a British citizen and two American Communists, the so-called Portland Spy ring members and their Soviet handlers were arrested in January 1961 making global headlines and causing worldwide repercussions.

Recommend for fans of Alan Furst, Robert Ludlum and John Le Carré.

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