With the United States plunging into World War II, the race to develop life-saving antibiotics was in full swing. Lauren Belfer's latest novel, A Fierce Radiance, explores the advent of Penicillin in a love story complete with blackmail, espionage and murder.
Belfer will delve into her novel as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary on Thursday, October 21, at 7 p.m., in Greenwich Library's Meeting Room.
A Fierce Radiance is a window into American history that evokes the pure essence of war-time New York. It portrays the tumultuous early days of World War II, when many feared that America would lose the war, when even children were caught up in the sacrifices demanded by the nation's mobilization, and when individuals clung fiercely to their loved ones, because no one could predict what tomorrow would bring. In addition, the novel recreates the era before antibiotics, when fatal infections were so common that parents could never count on their children surviving into adulthood.
Belfer's debut novel, City of Light, was a New York Times bestseller, as well as a number one Book Sense pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award nominee, a New York Times Notable Book, a Library Journal Best Book, and a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. City of Light was a bestseller in Great Britain and has been translated into seven languages.
Belfer's fiction has also been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and Henfield Prize Stories. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, the Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary, our ongoing author series, is free and open to the public. Diane's Books will provide copies of the book, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, please contact Wayne Campbell at (203) 622-7922.