1. Current Affairs

    Barbara Raskin

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    A captivating, witty novel about two very different sisters engaged in a dangerous sibling rivalry, by the New York Times–bestselling author of Hot Flashes.

    Unglamorous Natalie Karavan Myers is a social worker—though currently unemployed—who had been running a women’s homeless shelter in the nation’s capital until the Reagan government cut her budget. Her sister, Stephanie “Shay” Karavan, is a famous investigative journalist with a sex life as newsworthy as her articles—she claims to have bedded Fidel Castro, Muammar el-Qaddafi, and Sean Connery, among others. The two women may well have invented the phrase “sibling rivalry.” Since childhood, Natalie has been stepped on and pushed aside while her sister moved up in the world, and now that they are “women of a certain age,” their antagonism has reached its peak.

    When Shay steals a packet of Iran-Contra-related documents that could expose Washington ties to the international drug trade, events spin out of control. Suddenly, the sisters are involved in a series of high-stakes exploits that send their lives into a dangerous tailspin. Through an urban maze of billionaires and thugs, Shay and Natalie realize their relationship could be their biggest threat—or their saving grace.

    Witty and sophisticated, Current Affairs is an exhilarating novel that rewrites the political history of the late 1980s while exploring the profound complexities of sisterhood.
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    Open Road Integrated Media
    Romance: Contemporary

Editorial Reviews

  • “Fantastic . . There is adventure, abandonment and adultery. . . . Stylish and slangy, written in a wild and wordy prose that is engaging and catchy.” —The New York Times Book Review

  • “Just as she did in Hot Flashes and Loose Ends, Barbara Raskin provides fresh insights about fortysomething women.” —TheAtlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Raskin writes saucy, irreverent dialogue, and her wit is generally bracing.” —Publishers Weekly

  • “Delicious, wicked . . . There is bittersweet revenge in this story, and a Raskin lesson that she likes to teach: Women are stronger than they know.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Solid characterization makes Natalie a thoroughly engaging heroine. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

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About the author

Barbara Raskin

Barbara Raskin (1936–1999) was a Washington, DC–based journalist and author best known for her novel Hot Flashes. Capturing the feelings of the generation of women born during the Great Depression as they faced middle age, the novel spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list. Raskin wrote four other novels, Current Affairs, Loose Ends, Out of Order, and The National Anthem, as well as articles for numerous publications, including the Washington Post and the New York Times. She received a fiction award from the National Endowment for the Arts.