The time for do-overs is over

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“This book is the voice of solidarity. It is a gift.”

—Ann Patchett

About Mary Louise Kelly

Mary Louise Kelly is co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening newsmagazine. She has reported from around the world, including North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She lives in Washington, D.C.

“In the manner of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Kelly's heroine has to outfox the conspirators to escape. This book is great fun, from beginning to end.”

—David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Paladin

Praise for Mary Louise Kelly's Books

“This compelling account of the divided heart of a dedicated journalist and devoted mother is tender and gritty and remarkably relevant.”

Hilma Wolitzer, Author of Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket
(It. Goes. So. Fast.)

“Mary Louise Kelly has written an achingly honest memoir that reflects the joys, regrets, pitfalls and triumphs of the modern working mother. Humor, heart, and humanity bounce off every. single. page. I felt like I was having a bottle (or two) of wine with a close friend whose balancing act very much resonated with mine―and probably yours too.”

Katie Couric
(It. Goes. So. Fast.)

“A book for everyone who has to get through the sweet agony of raising children and letting them go. Kelly describes the interior shifts of this and other milestones with candor, vulnerability and wry humor.”

—Katty Kay, BBC Correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of The Confidence Code
(It. Goes. So. Fast.)

“Kelly pulls off the difficult feat of plotting an action-packed page-turner that remains within the bounds of believability.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
(The Bullet)

“Mary Louise Kelly blends the worlds she knows so well...into a fast paced thriller that is hard to put down. The atmosphere rings true on every page as she weaves a taut tale from a young man's apparent suicide to a terrorist attempt at the highest seat of American power. Her reporter-heroine Alexandra James would do a case officer proud!”

—General Michael Hayden (Ret.), Former Director of the CIA and the NSA
(Anonymous Sources)

“An authentic view of the media, intelligence, and terrorism that is a real page turner. Kelly gets how the national security world really works.”

—Richard A. Clarke, former White House Counterterrorism Chief
(Anonymous Sources)