Universe of Two

A Novel

by Stephen P. Kiernan

On Sale: 08/04/2020

Universe of Two

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Universe of Two

A Novel

by Stephen P. Kiernan

On Sale: 08/04/2020


About the Book

From the critically acclaimed author of The Baker’s Secret and The Curiosity comes a novel of conscience, love and redemption

Graduating from Harvard at the height of World War II, brilliant mathematician Charlie Fish is assigned to the Manhattan Project. Working with some of the age’s greatest scientific minds, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard, Charlie is assigned the task of designing and building the detonator of the atomic bomb.

As he performs the work Charlie suffers a crisis of conscience, which his wife, Brenda—unaware of the true nature of Charlie’s top-secret task—mistakes for self-doubt. She urges him to set aside his qualms and continue. But once the bombs strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Brenda realizes the truth, the feelings of culpability devastate them both.

At the war’s end, Charlie receives a scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford—an opportunity he and Brenda hope will allow them a fresh start. But the past proves inescapable. Haunted by guilt, Charlie and Brenda know that they must do something to make amends for the evil they helped to bring into the world.

Based on the real life of Charles B. Fisk, Universe of Two combines riveting historical drama with a poignant love story. Stephen Kiernan has conjured a remarkable account of two people struggling to heal their consciences and find peace in a world forever changed.

Critical Praise

“Transcends even a critical moment in history to suggest the inescapable human condition of ignorance of the future, and the absolute necessity of hope, courage, and unselfish sacrifice.” — Sena Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife, Four Spirits, and The Fountain of St. James Court on THE BAKER’S SECRET

“A tale beautifully, wisely, and masterfully told.”
  — Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun on THE BAKER’S SECRET

“This many-faceted, thought-provoking story prompts soul-searching about life, war, and death.”
   — Booklist on THE BAKER’S SECRET

Remarkably touching, insightful and timely… bridges several powerful stories of life and death that explore the cost of courage and the true meaning of heroism… Illuminating, uplifting and ultimately redemptive.” — RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) on THE BAKER’S SECRET

“In this moving saga, Stephen P. Kiernan tells the story of soldiers and survivors, heroes and healing. . . . I’m not sure I’ve ever read a novel that so poignantly depicts the brevity of life, the significance of each moment, the impact we have on one another.”
Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace on THE BAKER’S SECRET

“This thought-provoking novel is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. . . . Kiernan has created characters who are well-developed, beautifully flawed, and unforgettable. Yes, it’s a story of tragedy, but it’s also one of love, endurance, and, ultimately, redemption.”
  — Washington Independent Review of Books on THE BAKER’S SECRET

“[A] smart, heady, and irresistible science thriller...Kiernan gets every element right in this breakneck, entertaining, and thought-provoking tale about time, mortality, the ethics of science, and the meaning of life.”
Booklist [starred review] on THE CURIOSITY


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443457378
  • ISBN 10: 144345737X
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 08/04/2020
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Biographical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / War & Military

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