From the author of the acclaimed and bestselling The Gates of the Alamo, a novel of extraordinary power about what it’s like, and what it means, to journey into space as one of today’s astronauts. Download and start listening now!
the novel’s center: Lucy Kincheloe, an astronaut married to an
astronaut, the loving mother of two young children, with a fierce
ambition to excel in the space program. Her husband, Brian, a rigorous
man whose dreams of glory have been blighted by two star-crossed
missions. Walt Womack, the steady, unflappable leader of the training
team that prepares Lucy for her first shuttle flight.
devoted years of intense and focused effort to win her place on a
mission, but as her lifelong dream of flying in space comes true, her
familiar world appears to be falling apart around her. Her marriage is
deteriorating. Her son’s asthma is growing more serious. Her
relationship with Walt Womack is becoming dangerously intimate. And when
at last she is in space, 240 miles above the earth, and an accident
renders the world she left behind appallingly distant—perhaps
unreachable—her spirit is tested in gripping and unexpected ways.
In The Gates of the Alamo, Stephen Harrigan’s narrative authority brought a vanished nineteenth-century Texas to vibrant life. In Challenger Park,
he does the same with the world of space flight, bringing us up close
to the lives—the risks, the friendships, the rituals, the training—of
the astronauts and the people who work with them. Harrigan has written
an exciting—indeed a thrilling—novel about the contrary pulls of home
and adventure, reality and dreams, and the unimaginable experience, the
joys and terrors and revelations, of space flight itself.