By Lauren Belfer
Washington put up Best Novel of the Year
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“An engrossing and impressive novel that vividly portrays a serious time in American history.” — Booklist (starred overview)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with attention-grabbing detail.... Belfer’s robust portrayal of the way everyone is replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this publication an extremely compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set throughout the doubtful early days of global battle 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 task that may contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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He, too, appreciated the attitude of his colleagues. They kept him steady. There was no room for overt emotion within the confines of the experiment. There would be time, too much time most likely, for emotion afterward. “It’s a possibility,” said Tia. ” She noted it on her clipboard. Stanton thought for a long moment, considering the options. The staff waited on his decision, but he took his time. Impatience was an enemy. He had to keep his mind clear, thinking ahead to the next patient and the next.
04. Bacterial level in his blood at 7 AM on December 10: 100 per milliliter. Claire didn’t know what that meant but assumed it was high. He’d been treated with two types of sulfa drugs, sulfadiazine and sulfapyridine. Neither had worked. He’d had three transfusions to try to clear the bacteria from his blood, to no avail. The infection had entered his bloodstream from a skin abrasion at the right knee. There were six abscesses in his right leg. His lungs were affected. Diagnosis: Staphylococcal septicemia.
Her face remained perfect and lovely to the end…the full cheeks, the wide brow, her skin so smooth and soft. The day was warm for June. Emily was wearing her favorite dress, the one with smocking on the bodice. The dress was yellow with a print of green and blue merry-go-round horses. Emily didn’t want to get blood on her dress. “Mommy, hold my dress,” she said as they went upstairs to wash and bandage the scrapes. Claire bunched the skirt and held it above Emily’s knees. Four days later Emily was dead.
A Fierce Radiance: A Novel by Lauren Belfer