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The Atomic City Girls: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2018; vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Janet Beard (Tekijä)

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In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesnt officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of monthsa town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders. The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the governments plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with Junes search for answers. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Atomic City Girls: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Janet Beard (Tekijä)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2018), 384 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 59) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A bit on the boring side but other than that a solid read. ( )
  elisalr22 | Jul 11, 2021 |
I love the idea of this book, but I wasn't a huge fan of the way it was told. ( )
  Lindsayshodgson | May 6, 2021 |
This one was a little hard to fall in love with--most of the main characters were prickly and hard for me to like very much. However, well-researched descriptions of the setting--a small town/enclave built with military dollars during WWII to support the Manhattan Project--was intriguing and caused me to soldier on. The addition of actual photos throughout the book was a plus as well. ( )
  gmathis | Mar 12, 2021 |
This is a pleasant enough romance, but the only thing that lifts it above the usual is its background – the Oak Ridge research facility during WWII’s Manhattan Project. It focuses on two young women workers there – June and Cici, who become roommates. Both are from poor backgrounds but Cici has invented a moonlight and magnolia history for herself which, she hopes, will let her land a successful husband and transcend her lower-class beginnings. June meanwhile finds herself increasingly attracted to one of the physicists there – a man who is nearly twice her age and almost her polar opposite in background, education, and religion.

There’s also a third plot thread, which is really the most affecting, dealing with the Black laborers who worked at Oak Ridge. It’s unfortunate that Beard chose to concentrate on the romance stories rather than on the racial tensions which never really were subsumed in the war efforts. The Black work force lived and labored under truly dreadful conditions, and the efforts of some of them to attain equal pay and housing in many ways fueled the anger and the drive for equal rights that would erupt 20 years later.

I had two major quibbles, even with the romance threads. First, as June and Sam’s romance heats up, they become sexually active but worry about her becoming pregnant. It’s the 1940s – why the hell didn’t Sam just buy some condoms? And second, the shallowly-sophisticated Cici has taken country girl June under her wing, taught her to use makeup and urged her to date, but she suddenly turns a cold shoulder to June when she and Sam become an item. Her inexplicable animosity ultimately leads her to a vicious betrayal which makes no sense at all. Cici by this time has her hooks into an Army officer; it’s not like she should be jealous of June, whose romance is floundering in any case by that time.

The book ends with a totally unnecessary epilogue outlining the lives of the major characters after the war, and is another odd choice. One might expect such a summary had the characters been represented as historical figures, but they are fictional constructs, one and all.

Oddly enough, this is the second book I’ve read recently about scientists working on the project who began to have serious ethical conflicts about it. ([Hanna’s War] by Jan Eliasberg was the other.) Beard does make good use of this internal conflict within the technical team, and provides secondary characters who express a wide range of opinions on the necessity and morality of creating such a devastating weapon. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Dec 21, 2020 |
A bit too predictable but an ok read ( )
  buleth | Jul 9, 2020 |
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Her mother had always told her that working hard would get her anything she wanted, but her hardworking mother’s body was worn out at forty, and her mother’s future held nothing but more work. — p. 62
But being a parent meant always being nostalgic for how your children used to be. — p. 104
When he looked at his children, he felt love like he’d never known before, but also this suffocating weight. It was the terror of knowing that even if Joe dedicated the rest of his life to doing right by them, it wouldn’t be enough. He couldn’t protect them from life. He always told his children he would keep them safe, but he couldn’t really. — p. 128
“We’re no better. What’s our excuse for not fighting?”
“Our brilliant minds. With any luck, we can kill far more people by thinking over here than by fighting over there.” — p. 144
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In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesnt officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of monthsa town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders. The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the governments plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with Junes search for answers. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.

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