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The atomic weight of love : a novel

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In the spirit of The Aviator’s Wife and The Astronaut’s Wives Club, this resonant debut spans the years from World War II through the Vietnam War to tell the story of a woman whose scientific ambition is caught up in her entanglement with two very different men.For Meridian Wallace--and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s--being ambitious means being an outlier. Ever since she was a little girl, Meridian’s been obsessed with birds, and she’s determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she doesn’t expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetston. When he’s recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him.What began as an exciting intellectual partnership devolves into a “traditional” marriage. And while the life of a housewife quickly proves stifling, it’s not until years later, when Meridian meets a Vietnam veteran who opens her eyes to how the world is changing, that she realizes just how much she has given up. The repercussions of choosing a different path, though, may be too heavy a burden to bear.Elizabeth Church’s stirring debut novel about ambition, identity, and sacrifice will ring true to every woman who has had to make the impossible choice between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be.“Oh, what an incandescent debut! . . . Church follows one extraordinary woman who is brave to enough to challenge the times, take defiant wing, and chart her own extraordinary flight path . . . I never wanted the story to end.” —Caroline Leavitt,New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

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