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The Atomic Weight of Love
The Atomic Weight of Love
by Elizabeth Church

First Edition. Signed.
Price: $25.95

Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin (2016)

First Edition. Signed.

As new in dust jacket.

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.

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