Loose Lips

Loose Lips

by Claire Berlinski
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Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski

Few books about life inside the Central Intelligence Agency have been written by women, and none have the wit, suspense, and authenticity of Loose Lips, Claire Berlinski’s dazzling first novel about a love affair between intelligence officers.
New Yorker Selena Keller has just completed a doctorate in Oriental studies. Unemployed and dismayed by her dull job prospects, she sends her résumé to the CIA on a whim. Within weeks, she is contacted by an Agency recruiter, who asks her how she would feel about convincing another human being to commit treason.
Despite her checkered past, Selena passes the background investigation, the polygraph, and a battery of bizarre CIA aptitude tests. Living under cover as a government budget analyst, she begins her education in espionage at the Farm, the CIA’s covert facility.
All CIA officers must survive a demanding training program, and it is there that Selena becomes romantically involved with Stan, a brilliant but darkly paranoid fellow student with presidential ambitions. What happens next is a fascinating inside portrait of the Agency—how spies are recruited, how they are trained, who they meet, where they go, and most important . . . what happens when they fall in love, and begin spying on one another.
A wonderful, pitch-perfect roman à clef that blends satire, romance, and suspense, Loose Lips offers a unique insight into the culture of the CIA.

Author Biography: Claire Berlinski was born in California in 1968. She grew up in San Francisco, New York, Paris, and the Pacific Northwest; as a teenager she studied philosophy at the University of Washington, then French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1989, she moved to England, where she studied modern history and earned her doctorate in international relations at Balliol College of Oxford University. Her writings about politics, the CIA, and national security have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She has also held a number of other jobs. She lives in Paris and Washington, D.C.
For more information on Claire Berlinski, go to www.berlinski.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375509087
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/17/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.95(w) x 8.73(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Claire Berlinski is the author of Loose Lips and the nonfiction journalistic exposé Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis Is America’s, Too. Born in California, she received her undergraduate degree in modern history and her doctorate in international relations from Balliol College at Oxford University. Like the heroine of Lion Eyes, she divides her time between Paris and Istanbul, where she lives with photojournalist David Gross and a menagerie of adopted stray animals.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
After a stint in India as a Sanskrist expert, Selena returns home to Manhattan to become a bored teacher until she reads a weird Internet ad and she surprises herself by responding. In the blink of a cyberspace eye, Selena is interviewed, tested and evaluated to determine whether she an 'extraordinary individual'.................................. The CIA hire Selena, who relocates to Virginia, where she receives top rate instruction at the ¿Farm'; Selena becomes an expert in hand combat, emergency medical care, and other needed skills for someone expected to work in the cold. She is considered a potential superstar except for a fear of flying that even Jung could not cure. Selena becomes friends with fellow student Iris and dates Stan, whose memory skills are incredible. However, stuff happens leading to the CIA Internal Affairs investigating Selena as the evidence points to her being a traitor; Stan roots for her hanging, but Selena refuses to take the fall when she knows someone set her up.................................. LOOSE LIPS is an enjoyable chick lit takes the CIA tale that will leave the audience laughing fro start to finish. The tale is exceptional when Selena goes through her excellent training as a top gun while her relationships are shaky until Stan enters her life. The tale remains fun, but loses some of its oomph when Selena becomes the subject of an investigation of a seditious act although she remains Pollyanna at the Farm.......................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book off the library shelf having no idea what to expect. When I began reading it, I couldn't stop. The story was compelling - mostly because the characters and situations were so believable. It almost reads like a nonfiction memoir. It leaves me haunted with questions that I hope to discuss with other readers. 'Kudos' to the author. I hope we see more from her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book started out. There was alot of stuff about the CIA that I found very interesting. It made me want to read more. But, then I got to the last few pages of the book, and I thought 'There's no way the author can sum up the book in these last few pages!' I found that the ending seemed rushed and and left me unsatisfied. Also the Epilogue was too repetitive, I found myself skimming through it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Find out what's it's like inside the CIA and it's training. This is such an enjoyable book and the characters were wonderful. I couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to see what happened at the end. Did she make it or not? You'll be surprised. Enjoyable. I hope Ms. Berlinski writes more.