A Fierce Radiance
Publish date: June 15th 2010
Pages no: 530
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
This solid historical novel (and I do mean solid, it's a very satisfying brick of a paperback!) has a yank-you-out-of-your-chair awesome first line, a fascinating premise, and enough historical details to educate as well as enthrall. At times.Sadly, I didn't love this novel as much as I wanted to....
For anyone born after 1945, can you imagine a life where getting the smallest cut could mean a life-or-death struggle? Where one lived in simple fear of the common cold because it may turn into something more insidious? Of every change that has occurred during the twentieth century, the mass product...
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't finish it. I enjoyed the historical aspect, about the discovery of penicillin and how it changed everything. We of the post-penicillin generation don't remember or appreciate how many children (and adults) died painful deaths from seemingly harmless ...
When divorced photojournalist Claire Shipley is assigned a story about the medical team at New York City's Rockefeller Institute which is about to test penicillin on a human patient for the first time, in the early winter of 1941, she also has a personal interest. Her three-year-old daughter Emily d...
Could this be as good as the author's City of Light?