The Secret War of Julia Child

A Novel

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Pub Date Oct 22 2024 | Archive Date Not set
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Before she mastered the art of French cooking in midlife, Julia Child found herself working in the secrets trade in Asia during World War II, a journey that will delight both historical fiction fans and lovers of America's most beloved chef, revealing how the war made her into the icon we know now.

Single, 6 foot 2, and thirty years old, Julia McWilliams took a job working for America's first espionage agency, years before cooking or Paris entered the picture. The Secret War of Julia Child traces Julia's transformation from ambitious Pasadena blue blood to Washington, DC file clerk, to head of General "Wild Bill" Donovan's secret File Registry as part of the Office of Strategic Services. 

The wartime journey takes her to the Far East, to Asia's remote front lines of then-Ceylon, India, and China, where she finds purpose, adventure, self-knowledge – and love with mapmaker Paul Child. The spotlight has rarely shone on this fascinating period of time in the life of ("I'm not a spy") Julia Child, and this lyrical story allows us to explore the unlikely world of a woman in a World War II spy station who has no idea of the impact she'll eventually impart.

Before she mastered the art of French cooking in midlife, Julia Child found herself working in the secrets trade in Asia during World War II, a journey that will delight both historical fiction fans...


Advance Praise

"An exciting, little-known reveal of the story behind Julia Child's WWII service, showing her resilience and bravery. A must-read." — Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author

"A compelling story with an unexpected (and thoroughly delightful) heroine—Julia Child, who served with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the precursor to the CIA) during World War II. Chambers paints a vivid portrait of the tall, awkward Julia, who volunteers for a post in India, becomes involved in secret intelligence cases across Southeast Asia and China, and meets her future husband Paul Child. With riveting twists and turns, the novel’s not only a vivid exploration of a lesser-known chapter in the life of one of America’s most beloved personalities, it’s also an impeccably researched roller-coaster ride, with spies, danger, deception, heroics, and romance." — Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author

“In these pages I was thrilled to discover a Julia who claimed her own strength and conviction before the world defined who she was. Set in the smoldering days of WWII, this novel has everything I love—romance, intrigue, mouthwatering food, and a woman who makes no apologies for her voracious appetite for life!”  —Kim Fay, author of the National Bestseller Love & Saffron

“…Chambers’s gripping novel unveils another dimension to Julia. In this fictionalized account of Child’s real-life work with OSS during World War II, Chambers humanizes Julia and manages to make her even more remarkable. You’ll fall in love with Julia all over again, and with this tantalizing novel.”—Nina Schuyler, award-winning author of The Translator and Afterword

"Before there was a Julia Child, there was a Miss McWilliams...Julia McWilliams called herself a simple file clerk, but in truth, she lived and worked in situations steamy not just with heat, but with deceit, teeming with international spies and lies, wartime intrigue in which many lives were at stake...Chambers’ impressive research informs this engaging novel—and yes, the food is spectacular!" — Laura Kalpakian, author of American Cookery

"An exciting, little-known reveal of the story behind Julia Child's WWII service, showing her resilience and bravery. A must-read." — Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author

"A compelling story...


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PAGES 400

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