By Andria Williams
A scintillating debut novel a few younger couple whose marriage is demonstrated once 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 expert, Paul is stationed there to aid oversee one of many country’s first nuclear reactors—an project that turns out filled with opportunity.
Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, putting his relatives and the total neighborhood 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 starting 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 good friend. whilst 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 brink.
Based on a real tale of the single deadly nuclear coincidence to ensue in the United States, The Longest evening is a deeply relocating novel that explores the complex 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
“Think military other halves meets Serial meets your excellent lengthy weekend learn. approximately a military base with loads of love triangles, and a cover-up.”—theSkimm
“The stress builds seriously with each one page.”—InStyle
“In either Paul and Nat we discover echoes of Frank and April Wheeler in Richard Yates’s vintage novel of late-1950s suburbia, progressive street. . . . [The Longest evening] not just packs taut, captivating and completely soaking up drama, yet unforeseen triumph and grace.”—Paste
“The Longest evening is not just a revealing tale of a group gripped via chilly battle paranoia, but additionally an unsettling portrait of dedication and desire.”—BookPage
“This is a brilliant first novel.”—Library Journal
“Scintillating . . . A smoldering, altogether extraordinary debut that probes the social and emotional traces on army households in a clean and insightful way.”—Kirkus experiences (starred review)
“[A] luminous debut . . . [Andria] Williams expertly builds stress 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 certain portrait of affection, belief, and guilt in a town—and an era—clouded with secrets.”—Celeste Ng, writer of every thing I by no means informed 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 an awesome writer—clear-eyed and empathetic—and this can be a significant debut.”—Molly Antopol, writer of The UnAmericans
“It’s not easy to think The Longest evening 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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Matt returned with a large MacBook from the room he was sleeping in while on vacation. 'Thank you," said Paul smiling. " "You're the guest here," said Matt, and Paul gingerly asked if he "by chance" had an iPod cord, sensing he would enjoy further indulging an appreciative subject with his gratuitous helpfulness. Paul accepted Matt's iPod cord with a sensation, he felt, of daintiness, which remained as he transferred mostly pop-punk songs from Matt's MacBook to his iPod nano. , in his room, Paul bit a piece of a l 50mg Seroquel and listened to songs he hadn't heard since high school, mostly the EP Look Forward to Failure by the Ataris.
They seemed to be watching a foreign movie off her computer, then Paul noticed the light was on and that they were lying against a mound of blankets kissing lazily, with eyes closed and long pauses, maybe sometimes asleep. Paul became aware of his mix CD, of some of his favorite songs, sounding unpleasantly, almost nightmarishly noise-like. Paul realized they were trying to undo his belt and weakly imagined what would happen if his jeans were removed and heard Laura say "we just met" from what seemed like a nearby, inaccessible distance and wondered if he was asleep, or dreaming, but knew he was awake, because he was moving physically.
Laura was ten feet away, in a throne-like chair, facing Paul, but not looking at him, or anyone, it seemed. Whenever Paul looked or glanced at her she was fidgeting or squirming. " He looked at his hands, and felt his mouth and throat, doing what he was thinking, and felt vaguely confused. Was he instructing his brain? Or was he narrating what he saw and felt? Laura seemed less distracted, but more worried, than before. Paul moved toward her with what felt like a precariously sustained gliding motion and sat against and above her, on the chair's sturdy armrest, in a comically awkward manner he hadn't foreseen and was preparing to reverse, by returning to his seat, when Laura lifted his arm and placed it ungently around her neck-maybe a little disappointed that she had to do it herself-where it remained, independent and heavy as a small boa constrictor, for a vague amount of time, during which Paul, remaining almost completely still, felt increasingly reluctant to move, or speak.