By Lauren Belfer
Washington submit Best Novel of the Year
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“An engrossing and bold novel that vividly portrays a severe time in American history.” — Booklist (starred assessment)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with interesting detail.... Belfer’s strong portrayal of ways everyone is replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this booklet an extremely compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set through the doubtful early days of global 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 increase life-saving antibiotics—an project that might contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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Impatience was an enemy. He had to keep his mind clear, thinking ahead to the next patient and the next. “I’ll continue with 35,000 units every four hours. We’ll use higher doses on the next patient. ” “The mice will try that idea, as well,” David said. Had they already given up on Edward Reese? Claire wondered. Their attitude was part of the story, too, the professionalism reflected in the steadfast expressions and straight postures, which she duly captured on film. Tia and David left. After writing his notes, Stanton gave Claire an appraising glance.
He stood beside her, observing. His close physical presence stirred her. “You’re looking for colonies of Staphylococci. Staphylo means ‘grapes’ in Greek, and that’s what they look like. ” Gradually dark shapes came into view, small, clustered circles like grapes, harmless-looking shapes that could make a thirty-seven-year-old man, and a three-year-old girl, die. ” He turned to Nurse Brockett. ” All at once he felt exuberant, as if pure energy flowed through him. His years of effort suddenly became worthwhile.
Claire challenged him because presumably he would expect it, while thinking to herself, good, I’ll be able to walk Charlie to school and drop off the film at the lab. “No visitors in the morning, hospital rule. The patients have to be bathed and the rooms cleaned. Dr. Rivers made an exception for you this morning. ” He felt unexpectedly pleased at the prospect of having her around tomorrow. “Good night, Mrs. ” “Good night,” she replied, putting on a bright tone. On her way out, she captured the two doctors reviewing the chart, their faces drawn together in concentration.
A Fierce Radiance: A Novel by Lauren Belfer