By Lauren Belfer
Washington submit 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 the way everyone is replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this ebook 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 improve life-saving antibiotics—an project that would contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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Dead. After a moment Emily’s eyes opened, staring at the ceiling without seeing it. Her pale blue eyes seemed to turn white while Claire watched. Screams of torment consumed Claire in waves, even though someone else seemed to Claire to be screaming, a kind of ghost self within her. Charlie woke from his nap in the next room. “Mama,” he called. ” Whom did he want? Claire wondered as she heard his cries. She was immobilized by a dense weight within her chest. Then Claire realized with a start that she was his mother.
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. As attractive as she was, he wasn’t in the mood for small talk or flirtation. He retrieved a back issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Might as well use the empty hours between injections to catch up on his journal reading. He didn’t want to leave the room for any length of time until he had a clear understanding of the outcome of the experiment.
In a wave of delayed recognition, Claire understood that Emily was no longer simply resting after her terrible, twisting struggle, but was lifeless. Without life. Dead. After a moment Emily’s eyes opened, staring at the ceiling without seeing it. Her pale blue eyes seemed to turn white while Claire watched. Screams of torment consumed Claire in waves, even though someone else seemed to Claire to be screaming, a kind of ghost self within her. Charlie woke from his nap in the next room. “Mama,” he called.