By Andria Williams
A scintillating debut novel a few younger couple whose marriage is confirmed after they circulation 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 task that turns out packed with opportunity.
Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, putting his kin and the total group at risk. Worse, his superiors got down to disguise up the matter instead of repair it. Paul can’t convey himself to inform Nat the reality, yet his lies simply widen a growing to be gulf among them.
Lonely and stressed, Nat is having difficulty adjusting to their new existence. She struggles to slot into her function as a housewife and longs for a true buddy. whilst she meets a rancher, Esrom, she unearths herself interested in him, comforted through 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.
according to a real tale of the single deadly nuclear coincidence to ensue in the United States, The Longest Night is a deeply relocating novel that explores the tricky make-up of a wedding, the moving nature of belief, and the methods we strive to guard those we love.
Praise for The Longest Night
“[A] beautiful debut.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[A] shrewdpermanent and distinctive portrait of a dissolving postwar marriage . . . will remind many readers of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“[Andria] Williams’s quietly convinced kind 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 outstanding sturdiness, of familial love.”—Los Angeles evaluation 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 pressure 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 experiences (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 worthwhile novel.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Andria Williams’s debut is an in detail certain portrait of affection, belief, and guilt in a town—and an era—clouded with secrets.”—Celeste Ng, writer of Everything I by no means informed You
“A clever 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 this can be a wonderful 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 elements for a riveting read—is extraordinary.”—David Abrams, writer of Fobbit
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It'd be greater simply to retain it to himself, however the idea made him think like a lonely idiot. He kicked the doorframe and stalked again inside of to attend for the bus, to allow Richards’s dirt decide on the floor and rocks, which, if not anything else, appeared greater than status there and letting it fall on him. — again within the living room he paced, agitated, humiliated virtually out of percentage. Being made to stick 8 additional hours for a ten-minute assembly appeared an infuriating absence of attention, or an act of outright hostility. Richards had proven no recognize in assuming Paul could remain, or even much less in leaving him there, fifty miles from domestic with out journey. He was once too steamed as much as take a seat nonetheless. Richards’s arrogant questions dogged him: What are you into? snowboarding? Fly-fishing? I knew you have been precisely the proper of man for this. no matter if it was once logical or no longer he felt that Richards had by some means visible all the way through him, deduced in mins that he used to be a guy who will be brushed aside, no repercussions. Paul used to be used to being snubbed; he was once from individuals with no funds and realized early on that this made him effortless to comb apart. all of the tokens and emblems he used to armor himself—his uniform, operator’s badge, marriage ceremony ring—meant not anything to Sergeant Richards, who blew them off directly and made Paul think groveling and valueless. He didn’t are looking to be indignant now, didn’t are looking to knock round adversarial, pessimistic techniques for the following few hours, yet he had by no means came upon the way to struggle that educate of inspiration as soon as he received on it. He had grown up in a rural Maine cabin as quiet as a deep snow, punctuated via outbursts of inexplicable and embarrassing violence. greater than as soon as he may possibly keep in mind status flat opposed to the log wall, respiring shallowly as though he may perhaps steer clear of being spotted whereas his father, inebriated, swished earlier in an itchy rage like a few creature from the zoo. while his pa did deal with Paul it used to be satirically, making Paul stammer and squirm, squelching his hate. His mom used to be now not far better. She’d taken to drink way back to Paul might take into account, and one in every of his earliest stories was once of sitting via her mattress, fidgeting with her limp hands as she snored. the shortcoming of keep watch over humans confirmed repelled him. They introduced their hassle upon themselves, one individual after one other, and it used to be most unlikely to think sorry for them. He wasn’t shocked while his mom sought reduction in bars and males; he wasn’t stunned, both, whilst she was once introduced domestic one chilly morning on a wood sled, her eyes punched in, and left within the shed for the floor to thaw and the serviceberries to bloom. At 16 he stole his father’s boots, hitchhiked to Portland, and enlisted within the military. whilst he first joined up he relied on every body, some of these humans he’d dreamed approximately for years who weren't his relations, who’d made up our minds to dwell upstanding and precious lives. those, ultimately, have been his humans! yet he realized, to his sadness, that they have been usually simply as fallacious as his family were; that regardless of all of the army did to elevate them up, they settled again into their personality defects like a puppy curling right into a around mattress.