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Preview — Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan
Challenger Park: A Novel
“Compelling and moving…[At the story’s heart] is the mystery of love and the relationship that exists between husband and wife, parent and child.” -- San Francisco Chronicle
“[Lucy Kincheloe] is a smart, ambitious woman torn between her career and her family…struggling to figure out what matters to her most.” -- The Washington Post Book World
“A fine, absorbing achievement… ...more
Harrington strikes all the right notes in his story of astronauts and support crews at NASA, the long, grueling training for a space launch, and the shadow of danger ...more
Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan is an AMAZING novel about a woman astronaut named Lucy Kincheloe as she prepares for her first space mission.
Lucy is a mother of two children and married to another astronaut, Brian, whose ego threatens his own future career as an astronaut. In the midst of dealing with her husband's animosity and her son's serious asthmatic problems, Lucy finds herself drifting closer to the trainer for her ...more
Its first sentence, which puts our heroine at the intersection of NASA Road One and Space Center Boulevard, clearly shows the novel's attention to the minutiae of astronaut life. Reviewers opined differently about the obsessive NASA details; some felt the jargon slowed down what is a very internal narrative about Lucy's struggle to balance career with family__a timeless battle, surely, and one the author handles with admirable delicacy. Lucy's nail-biting propulsion into space is a page-turner,...more
That said, the NASA and Bay Area facade drew ...more