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The Atomic Weight of Love (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 20/10/2016
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A luminous and enthralling story of birds and science, ambition and sacrifice, revolutions - both big and small - and the late blooming of an unforgettable woman.

I first loved him because he taught me the flight of a bird. I was too young to realise that what I really yearned to know was why birds take flight - and why, sometimes, they refuse.

Meridian Wallace has lived through the Second World War, the atomic age, the Vietnam War and the dawn of the new millennium - yet she has always been torn between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be.

In 1941, spirited, ambitious and determined to prove worthy of the sacrifices her mother made for her, Meridian won a place at the University of Chicago to study ornithology. The last thing she expected was to fall in love with a man two decades older: her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone - or for him to be recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project.

When Meridian defers her plans to join him, she agrees to give Alden a year of her life. But this is a world, and a time, in which a wife cannot be a scientist and a woman cannot choose her own destiny. What begins as an electrifying intellectual partnership soon evolves into something quite different.

As the decades pass, Meridian strives to resist the clipping of her wings. It is a choice that will make her enemies and bring her heartache, but it also opens up unexpected possibilities: of freedom, and friendship and transformation...

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008209292
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`A striking story of a woman forced to choose between the future she desires or the path society insists she take' Harper's Bazaar

`An elegant glimpse into the evolution of love and womanhood' Kirkus

`Church's debut will likely strike a chord, especially with women who find that not much has changed in our patriarchal society since Meri's time, and that Meri's story might well be their own' Booklist

`A tightly crafted novel' New York Times Book Review

`A fast pace and a light tone keep this charming debut gliding along' Sunday Times

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“One unforgettable woman's story....”

This is the story of Meridien Wallace, from her childhood to her later years from being a young girl to the woman she become. In 1941 she won a place to study ornithology at the University of Chicago then during same... More

Hardback edition
3rd October 2016
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“a touching novel of nature, growth and the human experience”

The Atomic Weight of Love tells the story of Meridian Wallace Whetstone as she grows from the young, apple-of-her-Daddy's-eye to a wise mature woman. Her life makes a detour as she matures and moves to Los... More

Hardback edition
5 similar books recommended
20th October 2016
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SJ2B House of Books

“An exquisitely narrated tale... I fell under the authors spell of words”

On Meri's 10th birthday her father gives her a book, 'The Burgess Bird Book for Children'. For her 11th birthday he gives her, Darwin's 'On The Origin of the Species'. Six months later... More

Hardback edition
4th August 2016
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