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The New York Post: A CIA analyst on maternity leave wrote a novel about a housewife who becomes a Russian spy

Many women say they’re going to write a novel on their maternity leave, but Karen Cleveland actually did so during a yearlong maternity leave from the CIA, where she worked as an analyst. (Cleveland is also a Fulbright scholar.)

Need to Know” (Ballantine Books), out Tuesday, is a page-turner of a novel about a CIA analyst with children, a house in the D.C. suburbs and a loving husband who turns out to be a deep-cover Russian agent. Now she’s got an impossible choice to make: loyalty toward country — or her imperiled family?

The idea for her novel had been in the back of her mind for years.

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