The Wives of Los Alamos
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The Wives of Los Alamos tells the story of the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb creation from the perspective of the scientists’ wives, who did not know what their husbands were building.
While the bomb was being developed, babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up, and Los Alamos transformed from a boys school on a hill into a community: one that was strained by the words they couldn’t say out loud, the letters they couldn’t send home, and the freedom they didn’t have. The end of the war brought bigger challenges to the people of Los Alamos, as the scientists and their families struggled with the burden of their contribution to the most destructive force in the history of mankind. The Wives of Los Alamos is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history, and a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy.
The novel was released in the U.S. on February 25, 2014 by Bloomsbury USA and on April 24, 2014 in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia (Bloomsbury). Publications in translation exist for German (DuMont Buchverlag GmbH & Co), Italian (Ponte alle Grazie), and Spanish (Turner Books).
To learn more about the making of The Wives of Los Alamos, watch an interview on New Mexico PBS, read an interview with the American Booksellers Association, an interview with Omnivoracious, an author profile from USA Today, an interview with Carolyn O on her blog Rosemary and Reading Glasses, an interview with Barnes & Noble, or listen to an interview on Colorado Public Radio.