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A bold and brilliant multigenerational novel of two families bound together by the tides of history and the bittersweet complexity of love.
England, 1959: two young soldiers—Drummond and Carter—form an intense and unlikely friendship at “Doomtown,”, a training center that recreates the aftermath of atomic warfare. The experience will haunt them the rest of their lives. Years later, Carter, now a high-ranking government official, offers working-class Drummond a way to protect himself and his wife, Gwen, should a nuclear strike occur. Their pact, kept secret, will have devastating consequences for the families they so wish to protect.
The Blind Light is a grand, ambitious novel that spans decades, from the 1950s to the present. Told from the perspectives of Drum and Gwen, and later their children, Nate and Anneka, the story brilliantly captures the tenderness and envy of long relationships. As the families attempt to reform themselves, the pressures of the past are visited devastatingly on the present, affecting spouses, siblings, and friends.
Stuart Evers writes with literary verve and intellect without ever abandoning the pleasures and emotional intensity of great storytelling. He explores the psychological legacy of nuclear war and social inequality, yet finds a delicate beauty in the adventure of making a life in the ruins of the one you lived before.
"This engrossing tale from Evers (Your Father Sends His Love) revolves around two men, Drum Moore and Jim Carter, who meet in 1959 at a civil defense base known as Doom Town, where they work on nuclear war simulations.... With its slow burn, Evers’s vivid, perceptive chronicle of secrets and desperation satisfies." - Publishers Weekly
"Page-perfect and impeccably structured...a powerful and affecting novel."--Jim Crace, author of Harvest
“A thoughtful and powerful study of the corrosive effects of fear, the damage we do to ourselves and our loved ones when danger is all we can see. Right now that story feels disconcertingly timely.” - Clare Clark, Guardian
"The Blind Light reads like a British Don DeLillo, telling the social history of Britain through two generations of a family." - Alex Preston, Observer
"One is taken both by the breadth of vision and the depth of character on offer in Stuart Evers' stunning The Blind Light. Rarely does a novel of this scope sing with such brio at the level of the sentence while searing so emphatically in the region of the heart. This is an achievement to be admired and, frankly, envied. My hat is off." -- Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome