Author Rebecca Gale Talks About "Trying"
Author Rebecca Gale will discuss her new book, Trying. Mandy thinks the most interesting thing about herself is her boyfriend, Cal. He makes her proud, not because he's anything special, but because they've just taken the step of moving across the country and getting a grown-up apartment, the start to sharing what she hopes will be the rest of their lives. Cal, though, really moved for work, a government project he can't tell Mandy about. So instead, they spend their time together wandering the city, work-secrets lofting between them as they sip cheap drinks during happy hour specials. Yeah, they have a simple, happy, big-city life, but it's one Mandy loves. Or so she thinks.
Cal's secret job deals in classified information, knowledge so powerful and dangerous that the government has found a unique way to make sure no one person knows too much: it's poisonous in large doses. Unfortunately for some, like Cal, it's also addictive. The more Mandy learns about Cal's work, the more she realizes how much of him she has already lost. Unless she can figure out how to save him, the same intellectual curiosity that made him so attractive when she was just a student and he was her professor is the same thing that might tear them apart forever.
Rebecca Gale works at CQ Roll Call, a newspaper dedicated to covering Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a press secretary and communications director for Senators and Members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Trying is her first novel.