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The Longest Night
A Novel
By (author): Andria Williams
9780812997743 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Jan 12, 2016
$35.00 CAD
Remaindered 6.36 x 9.5 x 1.33 in 400 pages Random House
Reminiscent of Revolutionary Road, if such a novel were set in the American West, this engrossing and suspenseful debut features a young couple fighting to save both their marriage, and the town they live in.

In 1959 Nat Collier is a carefree California girl with what seems like the perfect life: a devoted Army Specialist husband named Paul and two beautiful children. She reluctantly gives up her beachside existence to move to the remote outpost of Idaho Falls, where Paul is stationed on what seems like a routine assignment—overseeing the daily operations of one of the country’s first nuclear reactors. But shortly after his arrival, Paul is horrified to learn that the reactor has been built incorrectly—its core is crumbling, creating a ticking time bomb for the town. What’s more, he sees that the military management is trying to conceal, rather than fix the problem. Scrambling for solutions, Paul attempts to keep Nat unaware of the danger, but his lies serve only to widen a growing gulf between them. Nat is struggling, and failing, to assimilate into the catty culture of the military wives who rule the town. Overwhelmingly lonely, she finds herself drawn to another man—a young rancher and fellow outsider named Esrom. By turns hair-raising and deeply moving, The Longest Night is a novel about the hard decisions that must be made in a marriage, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.

Story Locale: Idaho Falls, Idaho; San Diego, California; Greenland

ANDRIA WILLIAMS received her M.F.A in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, and she has attended the Vermont Studio Center. An excerpt from The Longest Night appeared in The Orange Coast Review’s 2014 issue and another is forthcoming in the Cartier Street Review. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, a naval officer, and their three children.

Author Residence: San Diego, CA

Author Hometown: Napa, CA

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“[A] stunning debut.”Entertainment Weekly

“[A] smart and detailed portrait of a dissolving postwar marriage . . . will remind many readers of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road.”San Francisco Chronicle

“[Andria] Williams’s quietly confident style is without swagger or gimmick. . . . What emerges most powerfully from The Longest Night is a kind of quiet wonder at the exquisite intricacy, but astonishing durability, of familial love.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“Think Army Wives meets Serial meets your perfect long weekend read. About an army base with a lot of love triangles, and a cover-up.”theSkimm

“The tension builds heavily with each page.”InStyle

“In both Paul and Nat we find echoes of Frank and April Wheeler in Richard Yates’s classic novel of late-1950s suburbia, Revolutionary Road. . . . [The Longest Night] not only packs taut, enthralling and utterly absorbing drama, but unexpected triumph and grace.”Paste

The Longest Night is not only a revealing story of a community gripped by Cold War paranoia, but also an unsettling portrait of commitment and desire.”BookPage

“This is a great first novel.”Library Journal

“Scintillating . . . Williams keeps the narrative interest percolating with great period details and by allowing her characters’ thoughts and emotions full expression. . . . A smoldering, altogether impressive debut that probes the social and emotional strains on military families in a fresh and insightful way.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[A] luminous debut . . . Williams expertly builds tension between Paul and Nat as the story progresses towards the inevitable nuclear tragedy in this utterly absorbing and richly rewarding novel.”Booklist (starred review)

“In The Longest Night, unspoken longings within a marriage trigger an emotional explosion just as intense as the nuclear accident at the novel’s core. Andria Williams’s debut is an intimately detailed portrait of love, trust, and guilt in a town—and an era—clouded with secrets.”—Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

The Longest Night is a smart and compassionate novel that offers as many fresh insights into marriage and intimacy as it does about American nuclear history. Andria Williams is a terrific writer—clear-eyed and empathetic—and this is a fantastic debut.”—Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

“It’s hard to believe The Longest Night is Andria Williams’s debut novel. Her command of language, character and plot—the three essential ingredients for a riveting read—is extraordinary. The Longest Night is about the fragility of a marriage, a Cold War nuclear accident on the plains of Idaho, and the stresses on a military family during deployment, and it takes on each of those things with all the robust storytelling energy of the great Russian novelists of the nineteenth century. This is the book I will be pressing into my friends’ hands this year when they ask me what they should be reading.”—David Abrams, author of Fobbit

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