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The Atomic Weight of Love

– tekijä: Elizabeth J. Church

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In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era. In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, space and time, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly. Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb). In married life, though, she feels lost and left behind. She channels her academic ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. There in her canyons, years later at the dawn of the 1970s, with counterculture youth filling the streets and protests against the war rupturing college campuses across the country, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken. Exquisitely capturing the claustrophobic eras of 1940s and 1950s America, The Atomic Weight of Love also examines the changing roles of women during the decades that followed. And in Meridian Wallace we find an unforgettable heroine whose metamorphosis shows how the women's movement opened up the world for a whole generation.… (lisätietoja)
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the Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth J. Church (pp 333). CAVEAT: I rarely read fiction, and cannot remember the last time I read a current novel. That said, this is a stunningly well-written book, Ms Church’s debut novel. It’s a story that to some extent parallels the author’s life growing up in Los Alamos, NM, bringing back my own memories of Tesuque, Otowi, Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Bandelier, sopapillas, chile rellenos, Black Mesa, Jemez, and so much more. Church has written a moving tale of a brilliant young woman coming of age in the 1930s before marrying an equally intelligent man, a scientist, and settling in post-wartime Los Alamos. It is a tale as relevant today as anything I read in the news. Her story is about love, fulfillment, marriage, devastation, family, desire, growth, freedom, and change, and is written in a remarkably moving way. I absolutely loved it!!!!!!! ( )
  wildh2o | Jul 10, 2021 |
Bookclub February 2021 ( )
  lexiej | Jun 28, 2021 |
  joyblue | Apr 16, 2021 |
Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I loved that this book spent most of its pages in Los Alamos, post-World War 2, a setting and time period I rarely see in fiction narratives. I thought the corvid study information was well done and interesting.

But I didn't really like any of the characters, the romantic angles left me feeling frustrated, and I wish there was more nuance in the depiction of scientists overall. I don't think it helped that the most prominent scientist character - the MC's husband - embodied a lot of the worst stereotypes about scientists. Also, holy shit, every time a fat character is described or talked to, the fatphobia in the narrative just JUMPS OUT. Let fat people live without constantly commenting on their bodies, book!

But the book itself was well written on a craft level, and it's very obvious from the descriptions of the New Mexican landscapes and local life that the author is a LA native.

In the end, I am left conflicted and frustrated with how the story wound up, but intrigued as to whatever else this author has to say. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
This beautifully written book is one that I almost didn't read. After requesting it, I had a hard time taking it off of my TBR shelf. I am very glad that it finally made it into my hands.
The father of the author helped create the bomb, plus the family joined him. A woman in that setting was expected to live for her husband and children so this story came to show a different world. One that spans a life that has come about because of the matriarchs, college and the women's movement.
This book is so well-written that once I picked it up, I had a difficult time putting it back down.
I give this the highest recommendation.

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  ksnapier | Dec 19, 2020 |
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How have all those exquisite adaptations of one part of the organisation to another part, and to the conditions of life, and of one distinct organic being to another being, been perfected?
—Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

Los Alamos is in a restricted airspace reservation covered by an Executive order, dated May 23, 1950. This airspace cannot be penetrated except by authority of the AEC [Atomic Energy Commission]. Historically permission has been refused except for the chartered [AEC flights of official visitors and project personnel].
—from the report of the Hearing before the Subcommittee on Communities of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Congress of the United States, Eighty-Sixth Congress, First Session on Community Problems of Los Alamos, December 2, 1959
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To Frances Salman Koenig,
this novel's strongest champion,
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To my brother Alan A. Church,
for his steadfastness
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In early January of 2011, forty-five hundred red-winged blackbirds fell dead from the Arkansas skies.
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In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era. In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, space and time, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly. Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb). In married life, though, she feels lost and left behind. She channels her academic ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. There in her canyons, years later at the dawn of the 1970s, with counterculture youth filling the streets and protests against the war rupturing college campuses across the country, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken. Exquisitely capturing the claustrophobic eras of 1940s and 1950s America, The Atomic Weight of Love also examines the changing roles of women during the decades that followed. And in Meridian Wallace we find an unforgettable heroine whose metamorphosis shows how the women's movement opened up the world for a whole generation.

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