by TaraShea Nesbit; Bloomsbury
Once you give in to the collective voice of this terrific first novel, you're hooked. Based on archival records, the book tells of women who followed their scientist husbands to the New Mexico desert without knowing what secret project they were working on or how long they'd all be there. We hear about parties, affairs, the course of World War II, but first-person identities aren't important: This is a sidelong glance at history that, thanks to its Greek chorus, becomes rivetingly personal and urgent. After the atomic bomb was dropped, "we felt ashamed, we felt proud, we felt confused." Everyone's truth is here, making the reality of what was done more human and more horrifying. —Elaina Richardson
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