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This is an intriguing fictional account of a young mother who befriends Ethel Rosenberg I felt it to be quite an original way of portraying Ethel as a loving wife and mother and gave a new insight into the lives of both Ethel and her husband, Julius The neighbor, Millie, and her family are completely fictitious but the author does weave the story around true facts.I recently read and reviewed A Place We Knew Well and like that book, The Hours Count brought me back to that time in history w This is an intriguing fictional account of a young mother who befriends Ethel Rosenberg I felt it to be quite an original way of portraying Ethel as a loving wife and mother and gave a new insight into the lives of both Ethel and her husband, Julius The neighbor, Millie, and her family are completely fictitious but the author does weave the story around true facts.I recently read and reviewed A Place We Knew Well and like that book, The Hours Count brought me back to that time in history when Americans lived with the fear of being bombed by Russia on a daily basis, this time focusing on the threat to Manhattan A reader of my blog commented on my review of A Place We Knew Well that it was beyond him how anyone could keep a level head under that threat I think that The Hours Count proves that we always didn t.The neighbor Millie is often naive about the world around her She s a very likable character and my heart ached for her as she struggled with her love for her mute child and her life with an unaffectionate husband The one downside I found in the book was the love angle with Jake I found him to be a very confusing character, one who kept deviating from what I expected of him Please do know that this is a very fictionalized and slanted portrayal of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg What this novel does do is give you an intimate look at the lives and fears of those living during that time period and it will make you want to readabout these people and the true facts surrounding their execution It s a suspenseful book, even knowing the ending, due to the fictionalized story revolving around Millie I recommend it to those interested in that time period as it will give you a good insight into the tense atmosphere Americans lived with But I would recommend reading a factual based book if you re specifically interested in the Rosenbergs.This book was given to me by the publisher through First to Read in return for an honest review The Hours Count is a historical, fiction novel about another viewpoint into Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Instead of being told through their points of view, it s told through an outsider s head, the neighbor and friend Millie Stein.Millie is likeable enough, even if her intelligence wouldn t win any awards She s with a horrible husband I d end up murdering in my sleep, has a sweet child who would be considered autistic today, and kind of goes through life trying to find herself Her one friend, The Hours Count is a historical, fiction novel about another viewpoint into Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Instead of being told through their points of view, it s told through an outsider s head, the neighbor and friend Millie Stein.Millie is likeable enough, even if her intelligence wouldn t win any awards She s with a horrible husband I d end up murdering in my sleep, has a sweet child who would be considered autistic today, and kind of goes through life trying to find herself Her one friend, Ethel, is a solace in time of trouble they share the joys and pains of motherhood, bringing forth a realistic struggle books aren t always honest about.The book skips around slightly from the time of the Rosenberg s trial and execution back to present day woes and adventures of Millie It s done subtly and sparingly, so this doesn t get annoying or confusing.Jillian Cantor s writing style is wonderful She is able to portray the motivations and personalities of all well, even though it s a first person POV Millie is made sympathetic, where the author paints a picture of a struggling young woman trying to adapt to a world that isn t always friendly Overall the story isn t so much about the Rosenbergs it s about love, motherhood, women banding together for their families, trusting the wrong people, and how fear molds horrors in our society There s some surprises along the way, things that keep a reader turning the page, but overall it s a character painting that holds true I know little about the Rosenbergs and that time period, it s not something I ve researched much The author goes in with her view that Ethel was likely innocent, and backs this up with some research at the end showing why she feels this way Whether she s right or not, this wouldn t surprise me, as fear has painted many shadows over the innocent before.Thanks to Penguin s First to Read program for an ARC of this stunning book #Book Ò The Hours Count · A spellbinding historical novel about a woman who befriends Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and is drawn into their world of intrigue, from the author of Margot On June Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage The day Ethel was first arrested in , she left her two young sons with a neighbor, and she never came home to them again Brilliantly melding fact and fiction, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of that neighbor, and the life of Ethel and Julius, an ordinary seeming Jewish couple who became the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War A few years earlier, in , Millie Stein moves with her husband, Ed, and their toddler son, David, into an apartment on the eleventh floor in Knickerbocker Village on New York s Lower East Side Her new neighbors are the Rosenbergs Struggling to care for David, who doesn t speak, and isolated from other normal families, Millie meets Jake, a psychologist who says he can help David, and befriends Ethel, also a young mother Millie and Ethel s lives as friends, wives, mothers, and neighbors entwine, even as chaos begins to swirl around the Rosenbergs and the FBI closes in Millie begins to question her own husband s political loyalty and her marriage, and whether she can trust Jake and the deep connection they have forged as they secretly work with David Caught between these two men, both of whom have their own agendas, and desperate to help her friends, Millie will find herself drawn into the dramatic course of history As Millie trusting and naive is thrown into a world of lies, intrigue, spies and counterspies, she realizes she must fight for what she believes, who she loves, and what is right The idea of learningabout Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, two Americans executed for espionage during the 1950 s, was quite intriguing Author Jillian Cantor based this novel on the true story of their lives and the years preceding their executions as told from the point of view of a fictional neighbor, Millie Stein As a result of this first person narrative, we gleanabout Millie s life and what it was like to live as a stay at home mother during this time period Millie is raising a so The idea of learningabout Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, two Americans executed for espionage during the 1950 s, was quite intriguing Author Jillian Cantor based this novel on the true story of their lives and the years preceding their executions as told from the point of view of a fictional neighbor, Millie Stein As a result of this first person narrative, we gleanabout Millie s life and what it was like to live as a stay at home mother during this time period Millie is raising a son with developmental disabilities she lacks the support of her husband, Ed, a Russian immigrant Living isolated in a large city without a television or close friends, Millie does not seem happy but is completely devoted to her son, David When she meets Ethel Rosenberg, she finally finds a connection she desperately needs She also begins to obtain help for her son from a somewhat mysterious psychologist, Jake We obtain little glimpses of the Rosenberg s lives as Millie interacts with them The family oriented and human side of these two are highlighted and some of their acquaintances and family members are briefly introduced We learn about the fear of the Communists and the Russians and the paranoia that existed during the Cold War What I hoped for from this novel, however, was a closer scrutiny of the Rosenbergs themselves It would have appealed to me to hearof their story following their arrest a peek into the courtroom would have been quite fascinating However, this was not the case I did think this book was very well written, it had a decent pace and I was interested in Millie s life I can t imagine being so closed off as a mother during these times it would have been difficult to get by without social connections or the emotional support needed when raising a child with disabilities However, I was a bit disappointed that the Rosenbergs were not really the focal point of this book There is an author s note at the end that providesinformation about this couple than perhaps does the rest of the narrative 3.5 stars The Hours Count did not deliver quite as much as I had hoped, but still I found the story to be engaging Cantor s second historical fiction novel is a quiet but impactful story about the only two civilians the married couple Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who were executed in the U.S for conspiring to commit espionage The story will resonate, particularly I think, with mothers In fact, in the author s notes, she indicates that her intention in writing this story was to reimagine Ethel as a person, a woman, the mother whom I pictured her to be Through Cantor s skillful weaving of fact and fiction Cantor s second historical fiction novel is a quiet but impactful story about the only two civilians the married couple Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who were executed in the U.S for conspiring to commit espionage The story will resonate, particularly I think, with mothers In fact, in the author s notes, she indicates that her intention in writing this story was to reimagine Ethel as a person, a woman, the mother whom I pictured her to be Through Cantor s skillful weaving of fact and fiction, we live through the documented Red paranoia of the 1940s 50s, but in so doing, we also meet fully formed fictional characters next door neighbor and friend of Ethel s Millie Stein her learning emotionally disabled son David her questionable husband Ed and psychoanalyst Dr Jake Gold.Cantor does an incredible job of sketching light traces of doubt in the reader s mind regarding the intentions of multiple characters The result A roller coaster ride of emotion and adrenaline toward the last 100 pages as the reader wonders who really IS a good guy and who is a bad guy I continue to believe that historical fiction such as Cantor s The Hours Count is one of the most engaging ways to teach American history The particular case highlighted in this novel is a piece of our history that is glossed over in high school and college classrooms, but is so important to understanding or NOT understanding the actions and emotions and shortcomings of communities during political unrest, as well as the role rightly or wrongly of government intervention throughout history.This book would offer a great deal of discussion for book clubs as well I look forward to Cantor s next historical fiction novel What I enjoyed about this novel was its accuracy of the life of a housewife in the early 1950 s To me, the Rosenberg s were an excuse to write about that particular time The United States was on edge The whole country was paranoid that the Russians were going to bomb the USA Primary school children were shown movies at school, telling them to hide under their desk in the event of a nuclear explosion Paranoia was rampant.Jillian Cantor bases her novel on the early 1950 s and the lives of the What I enjoyed about this novel was its accuracy of the life of a housewife in the early 1950 s To me, the Rosenberg s were an excuse to write about that particular time The United States was on edge The whole country was paranoid that the Russians were going to bomb the USA Primary school children were shown movies at school, telling them to hide under their desk in the event of a nuclear explosion Paranoia was rampant.Jillian Cantor bases her novel on the early 1950 s and the lives of the Rosenberg s In her author s note, she based actual events of the Rosenberg s lives while they were accused of espionage Her imagined tale is of a naive neighbor, Millie, who befriends Ethel Rosenberg It s a story of Millie s feelings as she gets to know Ethel and the chaos that follows To make the storyinteresting, Millie is the wife of another Russian who works for Julius Rosenberg, thereby somewhat entwining their lives.Millie is lonely Her Russian born husband is, what in today s standards would be called cold and physically abusive But this is in the 1950 s, and men could manhandle their wives, in public, and no one raises an eyebrow Millie also has an odd child who doesn t speak As a reader of today, it s easy to realize that the child is on the Autism spectrum This child further isolates Millie because no mother wants to socialize with her and her strange child Even Millie s husband doesn t like the boy What we forget is back then, a man could, without his wife s consent, institutionalize that child Remember Joe Kennedy Sr had his daughter Rose lobotomized without his wife s consent Men could do what they wanted Women had no voice For me, this novel reminds us of the struggles of women in that time period Our society has come a long way from that time.At the end, Cantor was able to add a bit of unexpected suspense that I appreciated There are many critics of this novel focusing on the Rosenberg s and whether the novel is too kind to the Rosenbergs For me, I found the beauty of the novel in it as a period piece The Rosenbergs were a sideshow I Knew nothing about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and found this book and their story very interesting The book is told through the eyes of Millie Stein who lives on the same floor as the Rosenbergs and is introduced to them by her husband She has a son, David, who doesn t speak and she meets Dr Jake Gold who says he will help her get David to talk Things heat up and she soon finds out Jake is FBI I found Millie a little naive and innocent She could only see the good in people and wouldn t b I Knew nothing about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and found this book and their story very interesting The book is told through the eyes of Millie Stein who lives on the same floor as the Rosenbergs and is introduced to them by her husband She has a son, David, who doesn t speak and she meets Dr Jake Gold who says he will help her get David to talk Things heat up and she soon finds out Jake is FBI I found Millie a little naive and innocent She could only see the good in people and wouldn t believe Ethel and Julie were guilty even after they are executed The only person she didn t trust was her husband Ed and he wasof a convenient marriage Jillian did a really good job of bringing all these characters to life I was so invested in these characters that I did a little research to learnI highly recommend this literary fiction It s well worth your time I absolutely loved MARGOT, and was so excited to get my hands on an ARC of THE HOURS COUNT Jillian has a magical ability to tell stories that are hauntingly beautiful and suck me right in, and that s exactly what this book did I loved the story and the characters especially the relationship of Millie Stein and her young son, David , and, although rooted in fiction, I learned quite a lot about the real lives of Julius and Ethel through this novel, forcing me to question what I knew or though I absolutely loved MARGOT, and was so excited to get my hands on an ARC of THE HOURS COUNT Jillian has a magical ability to tell stories that are hauntingly beautiful and suck me right in, and that s exactly what this book did I loved the story and the characters especially the relationship of Millie Stein and her young son, David , and, although rooted in fiction, I learned quite a lot about the real lives of Julius and Ethel through this novel, forcing me to question what I knew or thought I knew about the Rosenbergs THE HOURS COUNT is a story I won t soon forget, and Jillian is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors Must read I first heard about the Rosenberg in a history class long ago The only two supposed Russian collaborators put to death by electric chair At that time I was to young to have an opinion nor to question the accuracy of a textbook.Using an imagined neighbor woman, Mille whose husband was also Russian the author takes is back to a time when our fear of the Russians, Communists and atomic bombs was at an all time high When McCarthyism, a modern day witch hunt seemed to call out new, prominent names I first heard about the Rosenberg in a history class long ago The only two supposed Russian collaborators put to death by electric chair At that time I was to young to have an opinion nor to question the accuracy of a textbook.Using an imagined neighbor woman, Mille whose husband was also Russian the author takes is back to a time when our fear of the Russians, Communists and atomic bombs was at an all time high When McCarthyism, a modern day witch hunt seemed to call out new, prominent names daily A great job was done with the atmosphere in this novel Felt like I was right back there The Rosenbergs did actually live in the apartment building portrayed in this novel, and the author imagines a fictional relationship between the two woman, both stay at home moms, which most did back then Millie has a son, would be called autistic now, whom is a little younger than Ethel eldest son Both would go on to have another son, cementing their friendship as they helped each other, often providing company for the other Ed, Millies husband is not a very nice man, and she envies Ethel the caring Julius Soon the FBI enter the picture, but who Is FBI and who is really KGB A love story will play in the backdrop and from Millie s life and voice we learnabout the Rosenbergs.Found this book quite fascinating especially since so many of the known facts are accurately portrayed Millie seems a little na ve at the beginning, seemingly knowing little about current events or the publics fears I think some of this was because she had no television, was somewhat secluded and alone, could not even play the radio as her autistic did not like the noise it produced A good book that kept me turning the pages, pacing was wonderful The author note at the end explained things clearly and for that I was grateful What surprises me the most is the way the days sometimes feel so long and yet the years so short It s all the hours between that count I knew basic history about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only civilians in the United States executed for conspiracy to commit espionage They were parents of two small children, and many believe d they were innocent of the charges As I read the book, the tension and suspense kept building because I knew what ultimately would happen but not the events su What surprises me the most is the way the days sometimes feel so long and yet the years so short It s all the hours between that count I knew basic history about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only civilians in the United States executed for conspiracy to commit espionage They were parents of two small children, and many believe d they were innocent of the charges As I read the book, the tension and suspense kept building because I knew what ultimately would happen but not the events surrounding it I also was eager to read the author s note to find out which parts were fact fiction I was compelled especially by Mildred and Ethel and their relationships with their children, John and David Each of them would be viewed today as having a disability one with significant emotions and behaviors one is school age and not speaking , and it was interesting and heartbreaking at the same time to read about how disabilities were viewed during that time period and within their families Mildred and Ethel s love for their children was immense and patient The Hours Count was poignant, informative, important, and full of humanity and its stark contrast with inhumanity