The Wives of Los Alamos

The Wives of Los Alamos

[a Novel]

Large Print - 2014
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"Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago--and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with P.O. box addresses in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of a project that didn't exist as far as the public knew. Though they were strangers, they joined together--adapting to a landscape as fierce as it was absorbing, full of the banalities of everyday life and the drama of scientific discovery. And while the bomb was being invented, babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up, and Los Alamos gradually transformed from an abandoned school on a hill into a real community: one that was strained by the words they couldn't say out loud, the letters they couldn't send home, the freedom they didn't have. But the end of the war would bring even bigger challenges to the people of Los Alamos, as the scientists and their families struggled with the burden of their contribution to the most destructive force in the history of mankind.The Wives of Los Alamos is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. It's a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014
Edition: Large print edtion
ISBN: 9781628990553
Branch Call Number: LT NES
Characteristics: 224 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 25, 2020

A great read if you enjoy history. While this is fiction, much of it is based on very real events, real people, & real locations during WW II. For her first novel published in 2014, author Tarashea Nesbit is amazing.

Dec 27, 2018

suggested by Nancy Getty

Sep 14, 2018

Couldn't get into the community voice!

Dec 13, 2016

Way too general. Makes women look like empty-headed nitwits.

Apr 11, 2016

The last part of the book where the wives reflected upon the implications of the atomic bomb was the best.

Apr 06, 2016

I thought I would not like the community voice style that this author used. But found myself caught up in the descriptions of the lives the these women and their families, and found it very moving.

May 25, 2015

I want to know more about the wives of Los Alamos. so interesting.

Jan 26, 2015

I enjoyed learning about this time and place, but did not care for the list format, which I found hard to follow at times and less enjoyable than a traditional fictional story format.

madison382 Oct 12, 2014

The writer did an excellent job with this book. Very thought provoking.

ontherideau Sep 02, 2014

Chilling on many levels but it's a story we should know

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Jun 07, 2015

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