By Lauren Belfer
Washington submit Best Novel of the Year
An NPR most sensible secret of the Year
“An engrossing and impressive novel that vividly portrays a severe time in American history.” — Booklist (starred evaluate)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with interesting detail.... Belfer’s robust portrayal of the way individuals are replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this ebook an extremely compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set through the doubtful early days of worldwide struggle 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 boost life-saving antibiotics—an project that might contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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Rivers was the director of the hospital. He was the one who’d contacted her editor about the story, following up on a casual conversation they’d had over lunch at one of their clubs. “Frankly it wasn’t my idea to invite you, but he’s the one in charge. We don’t have time for you, and we won’t be making allowances for you. ” “Good. I’m hoping to stay out of your way, too. ” Frowning, James Stanton appeared at a loss for a response. Nothing like agreement to diffuse an argument, Claire had learned long ago.
He felt suspended in time, waiting for a reaction. What he wanted was no reaction. Everything should remain the same. Mr. Reese continued to breathe in short, shallow gasps of pain. After several minutes, Nurse Brockett checked Mr. Reese’s pulse and blood pressure. She nodded to Dr. Stanton, then to the others. The audience relaxed into a fidgety sense of relief, the men touching their ties, the women patting their hair. Everything was normal. The patient had received the medication and was still alive.
She followed his instructions, taking a small amount of blood from Mr. Reese’s left index finger. Stanton smeared the blood on a slide and stained it. When it was dry, he examined it through the binocular microscope on the counter. He made notes on what he saw. Even now, he didn’t let himself make a definitive conclusion. “Mrs. ” He beckoned to her, suddenly eager to share his work. He didn’t tell her what to do. He assumed she knew. Claire hadn’t looked through a microscope since she took a required biology course as a college freshman.
A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer