The Atomic Weight of Love

The Atomic Weight of Love

Book - 2016
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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.."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2016
ISBN: 9781616204846
Branch Call Number: FIC Chur
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 22 cm


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robertafsmith Mar 04, 2017

Meridian was a bright young scientist who fell in love with her lecturer, moved to a secret military installation on the Mexican border because of his work, and never completed her degree. All this in the 1940-1950's. Bad time to be young, female and bright. This novel flawlessly exposes a time, a place and a love story. Staff Pickles

EscapesToBooks Oct 11, 2016

I loved this story of a female scientist who gives up her dreams of a career to support her husband's. An all too common tale in the first half of the 20th century. While Meridian has given up her aspirations of becoming an ornithologist and struggles to be a good housewife, she hasn't lost her love of birds or her ability to feel passion.

ArapahoeSharon Oct 05, 2016

Loved this story. Meridian the protagonist of the story was a very educated woman who gave up her dreams to let her husband pursue his. But she needed more passion and had an affair. One man gave her passion and love and the other who fulfilled her joy of learning. But when it came to her following her dreams it was her lover who understood what her needs were, in the end.

ArapahoePamelaH Aug 16, 2016

Looking back at a woman's life, and her struggle to balance her marriage to an older professor and her desire to pursue her study of birds. Changes in society don't happen very quickly...

Aug 11, 2016

A great read! If you've watched the series "Manhattan" then there is a deeper understanding of how Meridian and husband Alden lived during the development of the atomic bomb and the secrecy and sacrifices a couple took. The development over time of Meridian's character included a love affair, changes in society over war efforts, and how women transformed - or not. Meridian studied crows which, if you study or read about, is fascinating in itself.
The issues brought out in the book were not too deeply pursued which would have been more interesting but the variety made it more of a pleasure read.


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