Tina Jordan
February 07, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Wives of Los Alamos

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tarashea Nesbit
publisher
Bloomsbury USA
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

First things first: This novel is written in first-person plural, giving one collective voice to the women whose husbands worked on the Manhattan Project. The ”we” construction jars in the beginning, but it becomes easy to slip into the rhythms of Nesbit’s prose and imagine the dusty, sunbaked mesas of Los Alamos, where the wives — uprooted from their families, their mail censored, not really sure what their husbands were doing — managed to create a vibrant community of their own. B+

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