By Lauren Belfer
Washington put up Best Novel of the Year
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“An engrossing and impressive novel that vividly portrays a severe time in American history.” — Booklist (starred overview)
“Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with interesting detail.... Belfer’s strong portrayal of the way everyone is replaced in pursuit of a miracle makes this e-book a particularly compelling read.” — Nancy Horan, writer of Loving Frank
Set through 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 boost life-saving antibiotics—an task that might contain blackmail, espionage, and homicide.
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Good night, Mrs. ” “Good night,” she replied, putting on a bright tone. On her way out, she captured the two doctors reviewing the chart, their faces drawn together in concentration. The angle of the light, a slanting wedge from the desk lamp, emphasized the darkness around them. CHAPTER TWO Look, Daddy’s article,” Charlie said the next morning. The discovery of one of Bill Shipley’s newspaper articles, which occurred almost every day, was always a cause of excitement. For Charlie, at least. He sat at the kitchen table, the Herald Tribune open before him.
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.
We need to keep our long-term treatment options open, too,” Tia said. Despite all that was at stake, they gave their opinions matter-of-factly. Claire was impressed. “Several high doses short-term might be better than sustained doses long-term,” Stanton said. 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.