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Tapping into spy thriller territory, and the KGB penetration of American secrets by Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five, the narrative unfolds through a series of engrossing, if agonizing, love stories that cross the boundaries of generations in ways both profoundly unsettling and deeply moving. Although Time's Betrayal is a literate genre-bender and suspenseful page-turner full of twists and turns, the novel is really about how family history shapes who we are and how memory—the river of Time—guides our joint destinies, testing our most cherished hopes, shaping who we are and what we believe, and teaching us that the essential truths of our humanity—freedom, justice, love, and honor—must be reclaimed in every generation.

About the Author

David Adams Cleveland is a novelist and art historian.  In August 2014, his second novel, Love’s Attraction, became the top-selling hardback fiction title for Barnes & Noble in New England. Fictionalcities.co.uk included Love’s Attraction on its list of the best novels of 2013. His first novel, With a Gemlike Flame, drew wide praise for its evocation of Venice and the hunt for a lost masterpiece by Raphael. His most recent art history book, A History of American Tonalism, won the Silver Medal in Art History in the Book of the Year Awards, 2010, and Outstanding Academic Title, 2011, from the American Library Association; it was the best-selling American art history book in 2011 and 2012. For years, David was a regular reviewer for ArtNews, and he has written articles for the magazine Antiques and American Art Review. Early in his career he was a dance writer for Dance Magazine and Ballet News, and he danced with the Washington Ballet, where he met his wife, Patricia. For close to a decade, he was the Arts Editor for Voice of America. He and his wife live in New York, where he works as an art adviser with his son, Carter Cleveland, founder of Artsy.net, the new website making all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

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Time’s Betrayal achieves a rare state for massively ambitious novels: it is both complex and compelling. David Adams Cleveland has instantly taken a prominent place on my personal list of must-read authors.”

—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Time’s Betrayal is a large-hearted American epic that deserves the widest possible, most discriminating of readerships.”

—Bruce Olds, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author for Raising Holy Hell and The Moments Lost