The Longest Night: A Novel

By Andria Williams

A scintillating debut novel a few younger couple whose marriage is established after they circulate to a military base rife with love triangles, life-or-death conflicts, and a dramatic cover-up

In 1959, Nat Collier strikes along 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 choked 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 hide up the matter instead of repair it. Paul can’t convey himself to inform Nat the reality, yet his lies purely widen a growing to be gulf among them.

Lonely and stressed, Nat is having difficulty adjusting to their new lifestyles. She struggles to slot into her function as a housewife and longs for a true good friend. whilst she meets a rancher, Esrom, she reveals herself interested in 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 accordance with a real tale of the one deadly nuclear twist of fate to ensue in the United States, The Longest Night is a deeply relocating novel that explores the complicated 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] gorgeous debut.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“[A] clever and special portrait of a dissolving postwar marriage . . . will remind many readers of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[Andria] Williams’s quietly convinced type is with out swagger or gimmick. . . . What emerges so much powerfully from The Longest Night is one of those quiet ask yourself on the beautiful intricacy, yet marvelous longevity, of familial love.”—Los Angeles evaluation 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 rigidity builds seriously with every one page.”InStyle

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

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

“Andria Williams’s debut is an in detail specific 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 provides as many clean insights into marriage and intimacy because it does approximately American nuclear historical past. Andria Williams is a great writer—clear-eyed and empathetic—and this can be a marvelous debut.”—Molly Antopol, writer of The UnAmericans

“It’s challenging 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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Those are very strong,” so Nat, taking a look him correct within the eye, took . “Wow,” he laughed, “way to go,” and handed her a lager. quickly everyone had attempted one, and Nat started to suppose very unfastened. Pastor Tim positioned his hand on her knee and miraculously she didn’t care, simply leaned over into his shoulder. Then his chuckle used to be a surprising turnoff and Nat wandered away, tiptoeing round the fringe of the pool like a tightrope walker. Above her head the diving board pronged opposed to the black sky. She made her option to the ladder and climbed up.

It dawned on Paul that she had passed over the folks in among them, too. As night fell, the big crew of younger males close to them equipped a bonfire, and an incredible, beefy blond fellow shouted, “Hey! You men military? ” after they hollered again sure, he invited them over. Paul noticed the dark-haired lady sitting around the fireplace from him, retaining a lager and talking to a pal. She didn't seem to be connected to any fellow particularly, which cheered him. He felt tongue-tied and misplaced with those civilian young ones.

Yet being animals, they weren’t in a position to determine it out, they usually have been ravenous to demise. One could attempt to pull his head all the way down to consume, and the opposite might startle and yank them either up. Or they’d pull their necks down in numerous instructions, getting nowhere. Lord understands how lengthy they’d been caught like that. I didn’t get a lot meat out of these fellas, yet I did get great racks of antlers. ” He instructed them a couple of clutter of coyote puppies he’d visible on his ranch land, so fluffy and trusting that they stumbled correct as much as him until eventually the mother flashed into sight and bossed them again underground.

There has been a protracted quiet spell while she didn't obtain whatever from him in any respect. those weeks have been the worst of the deployment. She sometimes observed her new pal Patrice after they took their women to the local park, yet except that she was once on my own approximately forever. She ignored Esrom greater than she beloved to confess; it horrified her to imagine how she’d humiliated him in entrance of Jeannie Richards, how he may well by no means drop by means of back. She kicked herself for it. His visits had punctuated her days, and now each one dawn to sundown stretched on two times so long as sooner than.

Paul gave him a glance and crossed the room to shake Webb’s hand. “How may well I no longer take into account Webb? ” “And this is often Sidorski. He’s from Chicago. ” They shook. “So you’re the only who’s been protecting this outfit jointly, then? ” “By the outside of my teeth,” Sidorski stated. “Say, Webb,” acknowledged Paul, “you acquired a brand new enamel. ” Webb blushed. “I did,” he stated. He tapped the recent entrance teeth with one finger; it was once a little bit whiter than its friends. He regarded older with the outlet crammed. “It’s porcelain,” he defined. “Turns out it wasn’t as dear as i assumed it might be.

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