The Longest Night: A Novel

By Andria Williams

A scintillating debut novel a couple of younger couple whose marriage is proven once they flow 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 assist oversee one of many country’s first nuclear reactors—an project that turns out packed with opportunity.

Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, putting his relations and the full group at risk. Worse, his superiors got down to disguise up the matter instead of repair it. Paul can’t carry himself to inform Nat the reality, yet his lies in simple terms widen a transforming into gulf among them.

Lonely and stressed, Nat is having hassle adjusting to their new lifestyles. She struggles to slot into her function as a housewife and longs for a true buddy. while she meets a rancher, Esrom, she reveals herself attracted to him, comforted by means of 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 coincidence to happen in the US, 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 strive to guard those we love.

Praise for The Longest Night

“[A] attractive debut.”Entertainment Weekly
“[A] clever and certain portrait of a dissolving postwar marriage . . . will remind many readers of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road.”San Francisco Chronicle
“[Andria] Williams’s quietly convinced sort is with out swagger or gimmick. . . . What emerges such a lot powerfully from The Longest Night is one of those quiet ask yourself on the beautiful intricacy, yet dazzling longevity, of familial love.”—Los Angeles evaluate of Books

“Think Army Wives meets Serial meets your excellent lengthy weekend learn. approximately a military base with loads of love triangles, and a cover-up.”theSkimm

“The rigidity builds seriously with every one page.”InStyle

“Scintillating . . . A smoldering, altogether remarkable debut that probes the social and emotional traces on army households in a clean and insightful way.”Kirkus studies (starred review)

“[A] luminous debut . . . Williams expertly builds pressure among Paul and Nat because the tale progresses in the direction of the inevitable nuclear tragedy during this totally soaking up and richly worthwhile novel.”Booklist (starred review)

“Andria Williams’s debut is an in detail targeted 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 heritage. Andria Williams is a great writer—clear-eyed and empathetic—and it is a significant debut.”—Molly Antopol, writer of The UnAmericans

“It’s tough to think The Longest Night is Andria Williams’s debut novel. Her command of language, personality and plot—the 3 crucial components for a riveting read—is extraordinary.”—David Abrams, writer of Fobbit

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Yeah,” stated Webb. “Hoo! ” He let loose a excessive, dopey snigger of reduction. Paul attempted to gradual his respiring. His sternum cramped; his lungs flared huge open and close as though straining their confines on both finish. whilst he may possibly ultimately inhale with out gasping he tested his paintings and used to be upset. “The rod didn’t decrease so far as we needed. ” “I don’t supply a care, that’s nearly as good as we’ll get for now,” stated Franks. “I’ll inform the night group and so they may give it a shot later. Let’s clamp that factor. ” “It ain’t gonna slide free on its own,” muttered Webb, deciding on up the C-clamp. Paul watched Webb and Franks bracket the rod into position. Their experience of triumph appeared to fade with each one moment. all at once they have been all quiet, sober with aid, and Paul knew he wasn’t the one one considering good, shit, for a second there we actually had an issue on our arms. — “THAT’S occurred sooner than? A keep watch over rod sticking? ” Paul requested, a couple of minutes later, as all of them shuffled again to the regulate room. “It’s occurred before,” Franks acknowledged. “But that was once the 1st time with the 9. ” “They’ve started sticking,” acknowledged Webb. “Richards isn’t going to love it. ” Franks held the door for them, shaking his head. “I’m going to need to placed that one within the log. He isn’t going to wish me to, yet I can’t…” he trailed off. “Has he instructed the engineers? ” Paul requested. “What approximately Deke Harbaugh? ” “I don’t rather comprehend what he tells them. ” “I couldn’t have driven that factor any harder,” Paul stated. “What can we do if it sticks back and none people can get it to maneuver? ” Webb checked out him uncertainly and Franks made a legitimate of inflammation: “We’ll pass that bridge once we come to it. ” The keep an eye on room used to be grey walled and simple, with rows of round gauges, a roll of paper tape that floor slowly underneath its glass case, a console, and swivel chairs. on the best of 1 wall used to be an electrical signal that learn excessive RADIATION, however it sat darkish. In case of a risk it will light up and blink, yet after all it by no means had. Paul had identified coming in that the CR-1 was once extra unstable than comparable reactors, typically since it was once the one one he knew of that were outfitted with an omnipotent 9 rod. yet there have been different complicating elements, too. It used to be a boiling water–type reactor, which intended it made its personal steam contained in the center instead of in a separate, nonradioactive coil; the CR-1’s steam, and each a part of the computer the steam got here into touch with, have been radioactive, too. The CR-1 had additionally been equipped with out containment; rather than having a well-recognized around dome like so much reactors, its ceiling used to be flat, partitions straight-sided and skinny. It were equipped as a prototype for extraordinarily distant reactors within the Arctic, the place no containment used to be useful simply because there has been nearly no inhabitants. however the CR-1 was once now not approximately as distant as its descendants will be. They have been merely fifty miles from city, on a wasteland simple the place the wind frequently gusted thirty miles an hour. If there has been fallout from an twist of fate, it'll commute speedy. He nonetheless felt shaky; may well nonetheless see Webb’s startled, nervous face; listen him say It’s caught in a voice thinned by way of fright.

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