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The Resource The Atomic Weight of Love

The Atomic Weight of Love

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The Atomic Weight of Love
Title
The Atomic Weight of Love
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by Elizabeth J. Church
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eng
Summary
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. In 1941, spirited and adventurous Meridian Wallace begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. The last thing she expects is 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. Meridian agrees to give Alden a year of her life, deferring her own ambitions for the sake of her husband's. But hers is a world, and a time, in which a wife cannot be a scientist and a woman cannot choose her own destiny. As the decades pass, Meridian strives to resist the clipping of her wings, torn between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be. It is a struggle that will make her enemies and lead to heartache, but which also offers the possibility of freedom, friendship and transformation..
Summary
In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, space and time, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly. Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb). In married life, though, she feels lost and left behind. She channels her academic ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. There in her canyons, years later at the dawn of the 1970s, with counterculture youth filling the streets and protests against the war rupturing college campuses across the country, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken.
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10485095
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Church, Elizabeth J
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Literature
Target audience
adult
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The Atomic Weight of Love
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OVERDRIVE:f3fc4711-ab57-461d-80ac-03a1972d29f3
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9780008209315
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optical disk
Label
The Atomic Weight of Love
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:f3fc4711-ab57-461d-80ac-03a1972d29f3
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780008209315
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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