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'The Longest Night' by Andria Williams: EW review

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The Longest Night: A Novel

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Andria Williams
publisher:
Random House
genre:
Novel

We gave it an A-

This stunning debut novel, which is based on a true story, is set in the late 1950s in an isolated and mostly Army-inhabited town called Idaho Falls. That’s where the Collier family—Paul and Nat and their two small children—relocate when Paul’s charged with overseeing a nuclear reactor there. Just as Paul realizes things are not so stable at the nuclear site, so, too, do things begin to shift at home. Nat is feeling both suffocated and lonely, but just as she needs her husband the most, he withdraws, consumed by worries about work. Estranged-marriage novels may be a dime a dozen, but this one stands apart. Williams expertly brings her beautifully written story to a tense conclusion you’ll still be thinking of long after you turn the last page. A–

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