By Andria Williams
A scintillating debut novel a few younger couple whose marriage is demonstrated after they stream to a military base rife with love triangles, life-or-death conflicts, and a dramatic cover-up
In 1959, Nat Collier strikes together with her husband, Paul, and their younger daughters to Idaho Falls, a distant army city. a military professional, Paul is stationed there to aid oversee one of many country’s first nuclear reactors—an project that turns out choked with opportunity.
Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, putting his family members and the whole neighborhood at risk. Worse, his superiors got down to conceal up the matter instead of repair it. Paul can’t convey himself to inform Nat the reality, yet his lies in simple terms widen a turning out to be gulf among them.
Lonely and stressed, Nat is having difficulty adjusting to their new existence. She struggles to slot into her position as a housewife and longs for a true good friend. while she meets a rancher, Esrom, she reveals herself attracted to him, comforted via his kindness and corporate. yet as rumors unfold, the secrets and techniques among Nat and Paul construct and threaten to arrive a verge of collapse.
in line with a real tale of the single deadly nuclear twist of fate to take place in the United States, The Longest Night is a deeply relocating novel that explores the complicated make-up of a wedding, the transferring nature of belief, and the methods we attempt to guard those we love.
Praise for The Longest Night
“[A] gorgeous debut.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[A] shrewdpermanent and specific portrait of a dissolving postwar marriage . . . will remind many readers of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“[Andria] Williams’s quietly convinced variety is with no swagger or gimmick. . . . What emerges such a lot powerfully from The Longest Night is a type of quiet ask yourself on the beautiful intricacy, yet marvelous toughness, of familial love.”—Los Angeles assessment of Books
“Think Army Wives meets Serial meets your ideal lengthy weekend learn. approximately a military base with loads of love triangles, and a cover-up.”—theSkimm
“The pressure builds seriously with each one page.”—InStyle
“Scintillating . . . A smoldering, altogether outstanding debut that probes the social and emotional lines on army households in a clean and insightful way.”—Kirkus reports (starred review)
“[A] luminous debut . . . Williams expertly builds stress among Paul and Nat because the tale progresses in the direction of the inevitable nuclear tragedy during this totally soaking up and richly profitable novel.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Andria Williams’s debut is an in detail special portrait of affection, belief, and guilt in a town—and an era—clouded with secrets.”—Celeste Ng, writer of Everything I by no means instructed You
“A shrewdpermanent and compassionate novel that gives as many clean insights into marriage and intimacy because it does approximately American nuclear background. Andria Williams is a great writer—clear-eyed and empathetic—and it is a very good debut.”—Molly Antopol, writer of The UnAmericans
“It’s not easy to think The Longest Night is Andria Williams’s debut novel. Her command of language, personality and plot—the 3 crucial parts for a riveting read—is extraordinary.”—David Abrams, writer of Fobbit
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Harbaugh coughed evenly, suffering to hide it. His eyes watered with the hassle. “I take it too in my view. It’s just—the cash that’s been pumped their method for ten years! to construct this airplane that’ll be too heavy to even fly! the military has a music checklist, yet they nonetheless make us beg. Our reactor may well use a few aid, yet we need to faux everything’s going superb and dandy and simply watch for them to dole out the main meager little scraps that allows you to repair something at a time. ” Brownie Franks grew to become to her husband. “Is there whatever improper together with your reactor? ” she cried. “No, no,” Franks acknowledged. “But Mr. Harbaugh makes it sounds like—” “We have a number of issues that may be more desirable. He’s a bit labored up, is all. ” “I’d like one other Scotch, that’s what I’d like,” acknowledged Harbaugh, bumping his fist at the desk. “I’d like one at the rocks—” yet earlier than he may possibly say to any extent further he was once gripped by way of a coughing spasm and fumbled for his handkerchief, establishing it with these froglike hands. Jeannie observed in horror that the fabric was once coated with small grey slugs. He became his again to them and hacked one other one into it. “Mr. Harbaugh,” she stated, “can i am getting you something? A cough drop or a few Father John’s? a pitcher of water? ” He held up a hand. “No, no. I’ll be nice, thanks. I didn’t suggest to turn into so infected. Minnie tells me i am getting too stirred up those days—fuck it,” he acknowledged, in terms of apology, because the cough overtook him back. He received up and headed for the again porch, the door banging at the back of him at the means out. Jeannie’s brain clanged Mayday, Mayday. Grave profanities have been uttered at her dinner desk! How had she enable issues devolve? It had occurred so without warning, all because of that fool Slocum. She didn’t comprehend if she should still remain to control the desk or stick with Harbaugh; after a moment’s internal fight she stood to move after him, yet Minnie shook her head. “Leave him be,” she acknowledged. “He’s been doing this increasingly more. I’m so sorry, y’all. Don’t hearken to a be aware he says. It’s humiliating. ” She placed a hand to her mouth and gave one great sob correct into it. “Oh, God,” acknowledged Kath Enzinger quietly. “Minnie, dear,” cried Patty, “it’s okay. It’s not anything. He simply has an opinion. ” “And don’t you women fear for a bit,” Mitch stated. For as soon as, Jeannie felt thankful to him. “I can let you know every thing is okay on the reactor. I oversee every thing that occurs in my opinion at the day shift, I learn each line within the logbook. simply because individuals are over the moon concerning the atomic aircraft doesn’t suggest issues are undesirable on the CR-1. ” “Okay,” Brownie acknowledged, nodding, her eyes annoyingly huge with fear. “Well,” acknowledged Jeannie, “seeing as it’s a stunning summer season evening, why don’t we get pleasure from ourselves? ” She went to the bar for one more bottle of wine. “And let’s discuss anything lighter, we could? Remembering,” she fluttered her eyelashes at Slocum, “that we’re in combined corporation? ” “I’m sorry. I bored the ladies,” Slocum acknowledged, grinning widely as though he idea he have been lovely. “I’m inspired that Mr. Harbaugh feels so fervently,” acknowledged Nat Collier from her finish of the desk.