Atomic Love by Jennie Fields

“A novel of science, love, espionage, beautiful writing, and a heroine who carves a sturdy path inside the world of men. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing left to want.”–Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House”A highly-charged love tale that reveals the dangerous strength at the heart of every real connection…Riveting.”–Delia Owens, writer of Where the Crawdads SingLove. Desire. Betrayal. Her desire could shop a nation.Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has constantly defied expectations–in her paintings as a physicist at the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the cease of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She desperately misses her paintings within the lab, but has almost resigned herself to a more conventional life.Then Weaver gets back in touch–and so does the FBI. Special Agent Charlie Szydlo desires Roz to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of passing nuclear secrets to Russia. Roz helped to broaden these secrets and knows higher than absolutely everyone the devastating power such know-how holds. But can she secret agent on a man she nonetheless loves, regardless of her higher instincts? At the identical time, some thing approximately Charlie attracts her in. He’s a former prisoner of war haunted with the aid of his beyond, simply as her past haunts her. As Rosalind’s emotions for each guy deepen, so too does the danger she unearths herself in. She will should choose: the man who taught her a way to love . . . Or the person her love might store?


Jennie Fields’ Atomic Love scrupulously captures both the minute (you may say “atomic”) and panoramic elements of the early Cold War. At floor zero: a lady physicist, an FBI agent and a probable spy. Each has been broken, physically, emotionally or both, by World War II. They shape a triangle, which brings to mind the symbol of a fallout shelter.

Rosalind changed into the lone lady on the University of Chicago group that constructed the first controlled nuclear reaction, however in 1950, she’s unhappily selling earrings at a branch store. During her wartime service, she fell hard for Weaver, a British group member who awoke her sexually and then dumped her. As the radical begins, Weaver, “the cool animated film of a handsome man” with a “dimpled Cary Grant chin,” injects himself back into Rosalind’s life. FBI agent Charlie suspects Weaver of selling secrets to the Soviets, and he enlists Rosalind’s assist to unmask her former lover.

Surely amongst the maximum patient FBI dealers in current fiction, Charlie is a complicated character who has repressed maximum feelings, though he feels a strong appeal to Rosalind. Tortured as a prisoner of war, Charlie became left with one hand so disabled that someone else ought to assist knot his tie. When Rosalind has a tendency to his tie, it's far an intimate gesture.

In Rosalind, Fields has created an traumatic but gutsy heroine who contains her Shakespearian call with aplomb. Growing up, science turned into her religion, yet she is horror stricken on the destructive power of the atom bomb she helped unleash. Inspired by using such girl scientists as physicist Leona Woods and the author’s very own mother, Atomic Love is as much approximately undercover paintings as it's far approximately women’s passions.


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