A compelling and provocative debut novel told in intersecting timelines over a tumultuous, defining year in one woman’s life.
Simone is trying her best not to think of what she’s lost. Diagnosed with MS, she awaits the results of another anxiety-inducing MRI. She’s just walked away from Connor, “a fixer” but possibly the love of her life. And nearing the holidays, the sights and sounds of winter in South Dakota only prick memories of better years gone by. Then, on a December morning at the university where she works, jarring gunshots pierce the halls. In a temporary safe place and terrified, Simone listens and pretends this will all be over soon.
As she waits for silence, her mind racing, Simone’s past year comes into focus. Falling in love and missing it. Finding strength in family and enduring friendships. Planning for the future, fearing it, and hoping against hope in dark places. Her life has been changing at the speed of light, and each crossroad brought Simone here, to this day, to endure the things she can’t control and to confront those that she can.
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Gripping, compelling, and real, The Speed of Light is an incredible debut that lets you inside the mind of a woman whose life has been turned upside down, first by a life-changing medical diagnosis, then by an important new relationship, and then by an unimaginable tragedy at her workplace. Dickey weaves together a story that is impossible to put down, and even as it reminds you that your own life could be irrevocably altered at any moment, it is also filled with encouragement, wisdom, and warmth. A book that calls its reader to empathy and bravery.
Suzy Krause, author of Valencia and Valentine and Sorry I Missed You