By Lauren Belfer
Washington submit Best Novel of the Year
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“An engrossing and impressive novel that vividly portrays a severe time in American history.” — Booklist (starred assessment)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with attention-grabbing detail.... Belfer’s strong portrayal of ways individuals are replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this ebook an extremely compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set in the course of 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 increase life-saving antibiotics—an project that would contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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The woman’s shoulder-length straight hair, a bright, pure blond, was pushed behind her ears uncombed. Her youthful skin was splotchy, her eyes swollen. She wore a blue cashmere twin set that was stretched down on the left side, as if she’d slept in it. Her plaid skirt had twisted so that the zipper was halfway toward the front. Her perfect pearls, glowing with a pinkish sheen, made her appearance even more bedraggled by comparison. She stared at the bed but appeared afraid to take the ten steps that would bring her to the bedside and envelop her in the reek of infection.
Claire demanded of her memory the meaning of the word mycologist. A page in a high school science textbook came to mind. A mycologist studies mold. ” Her tone was more youthful and friendly than Claire expected from her appearance, and her appearance was the opposite of what Claire would have expected from a woman who studied mold. “Jamie told me you were coming today. ” She held forth the towel, and Claire glimpsed a glass vial of brownish yellow powder cradled within it. Tia Stanton, James Stanton…were they a couple?
To Claire Shipley he said only, “The patient will die without radical intervention. ” Claire detected the emotions held in check beneath Stanton’s professional demeanor. 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.