By Lauren Belfer
Washington put up Best Novel of the Year
An NPR most sensible secret of the Year
“An engrossing and bold novel that vividly portrays a serious time in American history.” — Booklist (starred assessment)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with attention-grabbing detail.... Belfer’s strong portrayal of the way individuals are replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this publication a particularly compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set in the course of 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 advance life-saving antibiotics—an project that may contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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So I can work harder at staying out of your way,” Claire added with a flirtatious touch of irony. Her tone surprised him, too. For one instant, he allowed this woman to take him away from the morning’s pressures and responsibilities…to a vacation at the seashore, a hotel room filled with sunlight. He confronted her naked body on the bed. Stop. She’d made a request for information. What was he dealing with? He couldn’t easily explain the issues to an outsider. Here at the Institute, the medication had been tested only on mice, never on a human.
Placing her coat on the back of a chair, using the coat as a table, Patsy signed the form without reading it. ” Well, that crucial task was easier than Claire had expected. ” Patsy spoke with an extreme politeness, as if she were courting Claire instead of the other way around. ” Her voice turned wistful. “Ed brought home a copy. ” That first issue, November 23, 1936, just over five years ago, was famous for selling out within hours. ” Patsy was filling time, Claire realized. Reaching for any available triviality before she had to confront her husband on the bed.
She took a quick series of photos, bracketing to guarantee the exposure: the patient in profile and a half-dozen nurses, doctors, and orderlies gathered around him, like a group portrait by Rembrandt, their faces saying their thoughts. They knew he was dying, too. Out here in the cold without their coats on, with the man looking dead already and nobody else nearby but Claire, they dispensed with their usual cheery and encouraging expressions. The group proceeded into the hospital. Claire followed, the others oblivious to her.
A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer