By Stephen Harrigan
At the novel’s heart: Lucy Kincheloe, an astronaut married to an astronaut, the loving mom of 2 little ones, with a fierce ambition to excel within the area application. Her husband, Brian, a rigorous guy whose goals of glory were blighted by way of star-crossed missions. Walt Womack, the regular, unflappable chief of the learning staff that prepares Lucy for her first go back and forth flight.
Lucy has committed years of excessive and concentrated attempt to win her position on a venture, yet as her lifelong dream of flying in area comes precise, her normal global seems to be falling aside round her. Her marriage is deteriorating. Her son’s bronchial asthma is transforming into extra critical. Her dating with Walt Womack is changing into dangerously intimate. And whilst ultimately she is in house, 240 miles above the earth, and an coincidence renders the area she left at the back of appallingly distant—perhaps unreachable—her spirit is demonstrated in gripping and unforeseen ways.
In The Gates of the Alamo, Stephen Harrigan’s narrative authority introduced a vanished nineteenth-century Texas to bright lifestyles. In Challenger Park, he does an identical with the realm of house flight, bringing us up on the subject of the lives—the hazards, the friendships, the rituals, the training—of the astronauts and the folk who paintings with them. Harrigan has written an exciting—indeed a thrilling—novel concerning the opposite pulls of domestic and experience, fact and desires, and the incredible event, the thrill and terrors and revelations, of area flight itself.
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Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan