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Stephen P. Kiernan

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Stephen P. Kiernan's latest novel is UNIVERSE OF TWO, now out in paperback.

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 p
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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 Baker's Secret

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The Curiosity

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Universe of Two

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Last Rights: Rescuing the E...

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The Glass Chateau

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In fiction, & SONS by David Gilbert. I'm not sure this book ís a novel, in the traditional sense. And he uses a strange third person voice that is somehow omniscient to tell the story too. But the pop of language, the tragicomic pace, the intelligent insight, striking detail and free-spirited embellishment are absolutely worth the ride.

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Happening by Annie Ernaux
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When you pick up a book by the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, you might be forgiven if you bring a certain level of expectation. This book did not live up to my hopes.

Without doubt, it is a harrowing and courageous tale -- a 6
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It has been a long time since I read a novel in which a sentence can start out as plain as old shoes, but by its ending have broken my heart. Or healed it. Or taught it something about human fallibility -- others' and my own.
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" Anna wrote: "I loved that book too, but also A Piece of the World, also by her."
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll be reading lots of her work now.
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" Laurie wrote: "Thank you Stephen for this beautiful and thoughtful review. I love it when New England readers (and authors) read and review this novel ...more "
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The best historical fiction, in my view, reflects on our current time in a way that is illuminating or instructive. This novel belongs in that class.
The writing itself is excellent -- rich, fluid, concise. The characters are compelling and believabl
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It's always a pleasure to see a writer take a leap from her first novel --into a completely higher level of story, character, and sentence-by-sentence prose. Hester is just that sort of leap (and I really enjoyed this author's first one).

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The Hurting Kind by Ada Limon
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When the country has a new poet laureate, it behooves readers to investigate her work, to see if this is a voice and sensibility that articulates the sprawling nation.

(That is the first time I have ever used the work behooves.)

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Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
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Re-reading a book I've read twice before, decades apart, I wondered what my perspective would be now. I find that I like it less each time. Except the parts that work, which soar like no other writer of his era.

In high school I relished Salinger's c
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Perhaps the most troubling and persuasive book that I have read about the politics of climate.

In 2015, 21 children sued the United States government, alleging that federal officials had denied them their constitutional right to life, liberty and pro
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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

“No deception lasts forever. Truth rises like good bread dough.”
Stephen P. Kiernan, The Baker's Secret

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January 2014 -- Science Fiction

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“But history does matter. There is a line connecting the Armenians and the Jews and the Cambodians and the Bosnians and the Rwandans. There are obviously more, but, really, how much genocide can one sentence handle?”
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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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“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?”
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