The Longest Night

The Longest Night

A Novel

eBook - 2016 | First edition.
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-- In 1959, Nat Collier moves with her husband, Paul, and their two young daughters to Idaho Falls, a remote military town. An Army Specialist, Paul is stationed there to help oversee one of the country's first nuclear reactors--an assignment that seems full of opportunity. Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, placing his family and the entire community in danger. Worse, his superiors set out to cover up the problem rather than fix it. Paul can't bring himself to tell Nat the truth, but his lies only widen a growing gulf between them. Lonely and restless, Nat is having trouble adjusting to their new life. She struggles to fit into her role as a housewife and longs for a real friend. When she meets a rancher, Esrom, she finds herself drawn to him, comforted by his kindness and company. But as rumors spread, the secrets between Nat and Paul build and threaten to reach a breaking point. Based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America, -- -- -- -- -- The Longest Night, "Andria Williams writes about the challenges and struggles faced by military families in a wholly original way. As a military spouse, Williams brings every nuance of this world to life, but it's her brimming talent and startling insight into the fragility and tenacity of marriage that kept me glued to the page. -- "The Longest Night From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812997750
0812997751
0812997743
Characteristics: 1 online resource (383 pages)
Summary: -- In 1959, Nat Collier moves with her husband, Paul, and their two young daughters to Idaho Falls, a remote military town. An Army Specialist, Paul is stationed there to help oversee one of the country's first nuclear reactors--an assignment that seems full of opportunity. Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, placing his family and the entire community in danger. Worse, his superiors set out to cover up the problem rather than fix it. Paul can't bring himself to tell Nat the truth, but his lies only widen a growing gulf between them. Lonely and restless, Nat is having trouble adjusting to their new life. She struggles to fit into her role as a housewife and longs for a real friend. When she meets a rancher, Esrom, she finds herself drawn to him, comforted by his kindness and company. But as rumors spread, the secrets between Nat and Paul build and threaten to reach a breaking point. Based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America, -- -- -- -- -- The Longest Night, "Andria Williams writes about the challenges and struggles faced by military families in a wholly original way. As a military spouse, Williams brings every nuance of this world to life, but it's her brimming talent and startling insight into the fragility and tenacity of marriage that kept me glued to the page. -- "The Longest Night From the Hardcover edition.

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cmoclark
Jun 17, 2016

Hot off the presses, I got this 2016 book from our library's "Newly published" section. I chose it on a whim, but I was not disappointed! The novel spins the tale of a young military couple stationed in Idaho Falls, where the husband works on a nuclear reactor. Williams does a lovely job of character development and writes with nuance and insight into relationships and attraction. I recommend!

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tlcrunner9
Jan 15, 2016

Two years, or maybe even a year ago, I would not have described myself as a fan of historical fiction; this seems odd, considering I spent the majority of my university career studying history and that I chose to earn two degrees related to history. Maybe I experienced some burn out after all of that work, or maybe I just hadn't been reading the right historical fiction for me; nevertheless, I find that there are certain time periods and topics that suck me right in.

In addition, I've also found that I love exploring debut authors; like some of the characters in her debut novel, Andria Williams is an army wife and I believe that she has produced a sparkling, dramatic freshman effort. The Longest Night has many elements that I love: set in the mid to late '50s in the midwest; characters with depth who harbor secrets; tense family relationships (aren't they all?); based on an interesting, not-often-discussed historical event; and unexpected twists.

Paul Collier is a true army man, loyal to his core, yet he begins to question some of the details of his assignment; his questioning, left without voice, bleeds over into every other area of his life until he is consumed by it.

Nat, his wife, struggles to fulfill her role as dutiful army wife; especially when her husband is deployed, suddenly, and she is left to care for her two young daughters on her own.

There's Paul's boss, Master Sergeant Richards, who secretly despises the assignment he's stuck with until his 20 years are up; he flirts with the army wives when he's not drinking at his desk during the day shift. Meanwhile, his wife Jeannie tries to maintain a perfect fa├žade for the community; she finds pleasure in the misfortune of others, since it helps her find solace in her own misery.

This novel was a delicious surprise; even if you're not a fan of historical fiction, I would still highly recommend this one to those of you who enjoy the other elements I've listed above. I will warn you that when you get about 75-80% of the way through, you'd better clear your schedule; you won't be able to put it down and there are some devastating twists and turns.

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cmoclark
Jun 17, 2016

Hot off the presses, I got this 2016 book from our library's "Newly published" section. I chose it on a whim, but I was not disappointed! The novel spins the tale of a young military couple stationed in Idaho Falls, where the husband works on a nuclear reactor. Williams does a lovely job of character development and writes with nuance and insight into relationships and attraction. I recommend!

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