The Atomic Weight of Love

The Atomic Weight of Love

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In the spirit of "The Aviator's Wife" and "Loving Frank," 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 relationships with two very different men. For Meridian Wallace didn't expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor Alden Whetstone. She reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him at his new job. While the life of a housewife quickly proves stifling, it's not until Meridian meets a Vietnam veteran that she realizes just how much she has given up. 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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781616204846
Characteristics: 333 pages ;,22 cm.


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robertafsmith Mar 04, 2017

Meridian was a bright young scientist who fell in love with her lecturer, moved to a secret military installation on the Mexican border because of his work, and never completed her degree. All this in the 1940-1950's. Bad time to be young, female and bright. This novel flawlessly exposes a time, a place and a love story. Staff Pickles

EscapesToBooks Oct 11, 2016

I loved this story of a female scientist who gives up her dreams of a career to support her husband's. An all too common tale in the first half of the 20th century. While Meridian has given up her aspirations of becoming an ornithologist and struggles to be a good housewife, she hasn't lost her love of birds or her ability to feel passion.

AL_SHARON Oct 05, 2016

Loved this story. Meridian the protagonist of the story was a very educated woman who gave up her dreams to let her husband pursue his. But she needed more passion and had an affair. One man gave her passion and love and the other who fulfilled her joy of learning. But when it came to her following her dreams it was her lover who understood what her needs were, in the end.

AL_PAMELAH Aug 16, 2016

Looking back at a woman's life, and her struggle to balance her marriage to an older professor and her desire to pursue her study of birds. Changes in society don't happen very quickly...

Aug 11, 2016

A great read! If you've watched the series "Manhattan" then there is a deeper understanding of how Meridian and husband Alden lived during the development of the atomic bomb and the secrecy and sacrifices a couple took. The development over time of Meridian's character included a love affair, changes in society over war efforts, and how women transformed - or not. Meridian studied crows which, if you study or read about, is fascinating in itself.
The issues brought out in the book were not too deeply pursued which would have been more interesting but the variety made it more of a pleasure read.

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