"If you love well-researched historical fiction, women protagonists, and are tired of reading about the foibles of royalty, A Fierce Radiance
is the book for you. Lauren Belfer, the author of the award winning historical novel, City of Light
, sets this, her second novel, during the early years of WWII. While the best doctors and researchers in the U.S. are racing to develop a cure to save thousands of lives, private profiteers and politicians have less honorable motives. The historic details of the development of penicillin are intertwined in a well-crafted tale of love, betrayal, mystery and crime. Book clubs will find this a good pick as the characters are compelling and the story well-paced. Also, the recently released paper edition includes a reader's guide."