By Lauren Belfer
Washington publish Best Novel of the Year
An NPR top secret of the Year
“An engrossing and bold novel that vividly portrays a serious time in American history.” — Booklist (starred overview)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with interesting detail.... Belfer’s robust portrayal of ways individuals are replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this publication an extremely compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set through the doubtful early days of worldwide warfare II, this suspenseful tale from the New York Times bestselling writer of City of Light follows the paintings of photojournalist Claire Shipley as she captures America’s race to enhance life-saving antibiotics—an project that would contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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She made herself sound sympathetic. “I understand, Doctor. ” To Stanton, the potential power of the medication was staggering. Its origins, however, were preposterous. ” His tone was harsher than he’d intended. Claire heard his defensiveness, and it alerted her: here was a place where she could penetrate his inner life, his doubts, fears, and hopes. “Everything. What it is. Where it’s made. ” She asked a string of questions to keep him engaged, to develop a common ground between them. ” His refusal was automatic.
Chapter Twenty-Six North Africa. November 1942. ” Should he have referred to her as Mrs. Shipley? ” asked Dr. Knowles, the neurologist. Chapter Thirty-One Claire and Charlie spent their Saturday afternoon doing chores around… Chapter Thirty-Two At 3:10 PM on the third Thursday in February 1943,… Chapter Thirty-Three Look, Orion,” Claire said. Gripping Jamie’s hand still more tightly,… Chapter Thirty-Four On the upper floor of her father’s Fifth Avenue apartment,… Chapter Thirty-Five Claire hung up the phone.
Kip is a nickname for Christopher. ” Her voice grew stronger, as if these meaningless details grounded her. “They play at the Racquet and Tennis Club. Well, that’s the only place you can play court tennis. In Manhattan, I mean. When we’re in Tuxedo, they play at the club there. Anyway, it was just a slip. He stumbled when his shoes stuck to the floor. ” Claire nodded, although she didn’t know, had never played court tennis or squash, had never been to the Racquet and Tennis Club on Park Avenue, or visited the protected enclave of Tuxedo Park northwest of the city.
A Fierce Radiance: A Novel by Lauren Belfer