Thomas Mallon: "Fellow Travelers" (Pantheon Books)
An historical novelist examines the politics of the McCarthy era through the love story of two gay men who confront what's been called "the lavender scare," a fear of sexual subversion.
director of creative writing at George Washington University, author of seven novels, including "Bandbox," "Henry and Clara," and "Dewey Defeats Truman." Among his nonfiction books are "A Book of One's Own," "Stolen Words," and "Mrs. Paine's Garage." He's a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," "The Atlantic Monthly," and other magazines.