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Fellow Travelers

Thomas Mallon


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It's 1950s Washington, D.C.: a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, dominated by personalities like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Joe McCarthy. Enter Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job and, after Fuller's advances, his first love affair. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Moving between the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO's front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is a searing historical novel infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak.

Praise For Fellow Travelers

“Sharp-eyed . . . Some of the most lucid prose in contemporary American literature. . . . [Mallon's] best book yet.”—Los Angeles Times"Mallon writes crisp, buoyant prose, and he has a perfect ear for his period." —The New York Times Book Review"Exuberant. . . . Brisk and seductive." —The Washington Post Book World“Brilliant. . . . This is Mallon's best historical novel, period, and better than most contemporary novels of any stripe.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Vintage, 9780307388902, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2008

About the Author

Thomas Mallon is the author of the novels Bandbox, Henry and Clara, and Dewey Defeats Truman; In Fact, a collection of essays; and the nonfiction books Stolen Words, A Book of One's Own, and Mrs. Paine's Garage. A frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and other magazines, he lives in Washington, D.C.