Title: The Wives of Los Alamos Author: TaraShea Nesbit Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (February 25, 2014 Format: ARC Softcover: Pgs 233 Genre: Fiction Source: Amazon Vine Program
This is another one of those love it or hate it type of books. I will give TaraShea Nesbit some credit, there is a good baseline story in there, but the delivery is lacking and a bit annoying. I wanted to get to know the women, what I got was more generic.
Told from a singular point of view, but delivered in a collective “we” “they” style, the reader has a hard time connecting.
Pulled from their comfortable lives, a group of women follow their scientist / physicist husbands to the desert of New Mexico during World War II to work on a secret project. Promised that they would have all of the same luxuries that they now have, they are soon disappointed in the sparseness of their new existence.
Insufferable weather, homes that barely support their needs, censored mail, limited contact with the outside world and other family members, husbands that cannot discuss what they do all day. Soon the women turn into gossipy annoyances. They once had beautiful clothes and a life in places like Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris and Chicago. Some were even scientists in their own right, but being separated changes them all.
Yes, they managed to carve out a life, but at what cost? They changed, the world changed, even their children had to grow up knowing what they had been a part of.
I wish there had been more, or less, or different. Something that would have helped me to connect with the women of this project. As I said, the premise is there, the delivery did not work for me.