By Lauren Belfer
Washington put up Best Novel of the Year
An NPR most sensible secret of the Year
“An engrossing and impressive novel that vividly portrays a serious time in American history.” — Booklist (starred evaluation)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with interesting detail.... Belfer’s strong portrayal of ways everyone is replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this ebook a particularly compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set throughout the doubtful early days of worldwide conflict 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 boost life-saving antibiotics—an task that may contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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Rivers. ” The usual way of the world, even here. Rush ahead because the boss has a luncheon to get to. ” Instead of answering the question, Stanton said, “Dr. ” Forgetting his schedule, Dr. Rivers turned gracious. He took Claire’s hand and patted it, holding it a second too long. His skin was puffy. She suppressed the inclination to pull her hand away. “Honored to meet you. ” “Thank you,” she replied, grateful for the recognition. If his admiration made the assignment easier, so much the better.
Few researchers saw any reason to pursue Fleming’s discovery. Penicillin was essentially forgotten until the past few years. With the war raging in Europe, physicians and military leaders were desperate to find a cure for battlefield infections. The development of sulfa drugs in the 1930s had shifted physicians’ attitudes toward systemic medications, those that could be injected into the body without harming healthy tissues. Researchers at Oxford in England, and at Columbia University here in New York, began experimenting with penicillin.
Patsy Reese asked. “Yes. ” Claire pressed. ” Theoretically this was true, although in Claire’s experience people seldom felt emboldened or entitled to retract a signature on a document. ” Patsy looked as if she couldn’t wrap her mind around the option laid before her. She concentrated on it, struggling to pin it down. ” From a zippered compartment in her camera bag, Claire retrieved the permission form. Placing her coat on the back of a chair, using the coat as a table, Patsy signed the form without reading it.
A Fierce Radiance: A Novel by Lauren Belfer