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Stephen P. Kiernan

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Stephen P. Kiernan's new novel, UNIVERSE OF TWO, comes out August 4.

This novel is a love story set in 1944, amid the development of the atomic bomb. Charlie is a young math whiz drafted into the Manhattan Project, where his tasks require him to ignore his moral qualms. His sweetheart Brenda, prohibited for security reasons from knowing what he's doing, sees these ethical hesitations as weakness, and urges him to be a soldier, be a man. After the war, Charlie feels culpable for thousands of deaths, while Brenda feels guilty for making him contradict his conscience. Together they spend the rest of their lives seeking redemption -- and they find it.

Stephen also wrote THE BAKER'S SECRET, which tells the story of D-Day from the French perspect
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Stephen P. Kiernan Hi Linda. Thanks for the question. I might have noticed those reviews (kaff kaff).
Here's what I can tell you: I perform hundreds of hours of research…more
Hi Linda. Thanks for the question. I might have noticed those reviews (kaff kaff).
Here's what I can tell you: I perform hundreds of hours of research when I write a historical novel. Of course I'll make mistakes, as any human would, but I do my utmost to avoid them.
In the case of The Baker's Secret, I read a dozen or more books, I listened to oral histories, I interviewed an Omaha Beach veteran, I went to France and with an expert guide I had the privilege of visiting the beaches, villages and cemeteries.
I also spoke with bakers, and consulted cookbooks. From the sources I used, my novel was correct -- including in the kitchen. Several people took umbrage at a sentence about starting popovers in a cold oven, which they said was wrong and impossible. All I know is that there are three recipes for popovers in this house, I've made each of them many times, and all three start in a cold oven.
Historical accuracy was a real challenge in the book I have coming out Aug 4 (Universe of Two), because it is a love story set amid the development of the atomic bomb. If I hewed to every scientific detail in describing the bomb's components, the book would be a hundred pages longer (and no longer a novel but a text book). I may be accused of oversimplifying the physics. All I can plead in my defense is that I am trying to tell a story, and that it is a work of fiction.
In the end, I respect readers' right to have any opinion they like about my work. I'm honored that they took the time to read it.(less)
Stephen P. Kiernan Thank you for your kind words. My thanks, too, to the book lover who put me in your path.
I hope you enjoy The Hummingbird -- and if that leaves you h…more
Thank you for your kind words. My thanks, too, to the book lover who put me in your path.
I hope you enjoy The Hummingbird -- and if that leaves you hungry for more, you might try The Curiosity.
At the moment I'm roughly a third of the way along in a new novel, which is going slowly because it requires a ton of research. After the Pacific Theater of World War II (in The Hummingbird) and the European Theater (in The Baker's Secret), I found myself compelled to write a story about the home front during that time. This new book follows a mathematician who considers himself a pacifist (a rarity in 1943) yet he winds up working for the Manhattan Project. The story is told by his wife, who helps him after the war to find a fulfilling life that adds enormously to the world's peace.
"The Late Great Charlie Fisk" is based on a true story. My hope is to have it in bookstores in late 2019 or early 2020. Fingers Xd.
Thanks for your question, and especially for reading my books.
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The people who live with me or are close to me deserve a special gold star. They have withstood my endless fastidiousness with words, sentences and ideas. So it is with some trepidation that -- after repeated encouragement from my publisher -- I offer annotations to some of the most highlighted passages from 'The Baker’s Secret.' First, let me confess that I wanted to call it “The Taste of Hope.” No one liked that title. No one – early draft readers, agents, editors, friends – has ever liked my titles. My sixth book comes out Aug. 4, 2020, Universe of Two, and it is the first time my title ...more
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“And what is life but a little row in a small boat, every moment leaving what we know, every stroke unable to see where we are headed?”
Stephen P. Kiernan, The Curiosity

“After all, what is love but the desire to know another person as thoroughly and deeply as possible? Every quirk and passion, each response to the changes of time, every possible inch of skin? Also perhaps to be ourselves known, with all our flaws, yet somehow miraculously still be desired?”
Stephen P. Kiernan, The Curiosity

“We all have times when life intervenes and we get little done. But when our days are numbered, it feels like a kind of thievery. If there is ever a chapter in life with no time to waste, it is the last one.”
Stephen P. Kiernan, The Hummingbird

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“Everything about [chance] scares the bejesus out of so many people; it's the this thing they try to avoid at all costs. Don't travel to the Middle East these days - there's a chance something could happen. Don't get involved with that new fellow on Creamery Street - I hear a lot of mud was scraped off his floor after the divorce. Don't have your baby at home - there's a a chance something could go wrong. Don't don't don't... Well, you can't live your life like that! You can't spend your entire life avoiding chance. It's out there, it's inescapable, it's a part of the soul of the world. There are no sure things in this universe, and it's absolutely ridiculous to try and live like there are!”
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