Set during the Cuban missile crisis, Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter, is a spy novel/historical thriller in which our hero is a young Black woman. In 1962! And she’s not a maid! Margo Jenson is a 19-year-old student at Cornell who finds herself acting as a go between for JFK and Kruschev in their secret negotiations to avoid a nuclear war. While I enjoy spy/espionage movies, this is a new literary genre for me so I am happy to report that I loved this book! It’s written really well and the pacing and character development are great. Lots of characters and a lot going on but it’s not difficult to follow the plot. With the right people on board, this story could make a really good movie. I highly recommend this one.
This book is RAD!