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The wives of Los Alamos: a novel

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Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Indies Choice Debut Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. The "haunting . . . impressive" ( NYTBR ) National Bestseller--imagining the untold human history of the making of the atomic bomb. They 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. 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.

While the bomb was being invented, babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up, and Los Alamos gradually transformed into a real community: one that was strained by the words they couldn't say out loud or in letters, and by the freedom they didn't have. But the end of the war would bring even bigger challenges, 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 testament to a remarkable group of real-life women and an exploration of a crucial, largely unconsidered aspect of one of the most monumental research projects in modern history.

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subject_facetAtomic bomb -- Fiction
Deception (Military science) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Electronic books
Historical fiction
Literary -- FICTION
Los Alamos (N.M.) -- Fiction
Married women -- New Mexico -- Los Alamos -- Fiction
Suspense fiction
War stories
World War, 1939-1945 -- New Mexico -- Los Alamos -- Fiction
title_displayThe wives of Los Alamos : a novel
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topic_facetAtomic bomb
Deception (Military science)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
History
Literary
Literature
Married women
World War, 1939-1945