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 attention-grabbing detail.... Belfer’s strong portrayal of ways everyone is replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this booklet a particularly 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 enhance life-saving antibiotics—an task that may contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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The drug had worked well on mice in the lab; indeed the results had been spectacular. The medication was ready for the next step. This was an experiment like any other, he reassured himself. Just like any other. ” Cradling a folded towel, a young woman walked down the hall toward them. Swaying on high heels, she held herself with the elegance of a movie star. Her makeup was perfect. Her dark hair was held back with a filigree barrette at the nape of her neck, a utilitarian style that she’d transformed into the height of fashion.
Patsy glanced at Dr. Stanton, engrossed in work at the desk. ” She searched the room for a safe haven. ” She dropped Claire’s hand and crossed the room, Claire following. When they reached the windows, Patsy leaned toward Claire and whispered, “What did you say about the medicine they’re giving my husband? ” she challenged Claire, as if Claire, not the medical staff, were responsible for it. “I never heard of that. At Presbyterian Hospital, they wouldn’t tell me anything. Only that they wanted to try a new medicine, and they didn’t have enough of it there so they had to bring him here.
She breathed deeply, taking control of herself. Her breath produced a circle of condensation on the windowpane. The reflected light was soft against her hair and cheeks. Exhaustion was layered onto her face in fine lines. Claire thought of Italian Renaissance paintings of women posed beside windows. Stepping back, she took Patsy’s portrait in profile. Then Claire followed Patsy’s gaze out the window. The East River was green-black and roiling. Tugboats pushed barges piled with construction beams, gravel, garbage.
A Fierce Radiance: A Novel by Lauren Belfer