The Wives of Los Alamos by Tarashea Nesbit, Bloomsbury, 234 pages
Many books, both fiction and non-, have been written about the secrecy of Los Alamos during World War II, when scientists there built and tested the first atomic bomb. Among the most well-known are Jennet Conant’s 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos; Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon; Frank Waters’ Woman at Otowi Crossing; and The House at Otowi Bridge by Peggy Pond Church. All shed light — through historical research and carefully observed detail — on a time of transformative social and personal change, tying together small, human stories with larger events happening in the Southwest, in the United States, and around the world. The Wives of Los Alamos, by first-time novelist Tarashea Nesbit, joins this canon. The intimate yet artfully distanced narrative about women who came to The Hill with their scientist husbands incorporates elements of poetry, reportage, montage, and assemblage into its prose.
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