The Atomic Weight of Love 

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church 


Genre: Historical Fiction 

Where could we bury all our sorrows, our regrets, our guilty responsibilities- deserved or undeserved? How deeply could we burrow into that place of oblivian?

This is a book about love. A young Meri meets the mind of her dreams, Andel Whetstone, and falls in love. 28 years her senior, she puts her life in college on hold to join him in Los Almos, New Mexico, where he is one of the great minds behind the atomic bomb. 

Part historical fiction, part love story, this is a book about finding what it means to love someone and finding yourself. It is a book about how women have changed from the 1940s to the 1970s and developing a life for yourself. Meri gave up her life of a PHD in ornithology to be the wife her husband wants her to be. And how she overcomes that in the end. 

I liked this book and it’s beautiful descriptions. I can’t say I agreed with many of Meri’s decisions (esp that of finding love with Clay and the true meaning of sex) but it was a good book overall. Filled with scientific blurbs and what it meant to be a housewife in times of war. 

I highly recommend this book. Be warned that the launguage is a bit dense and heavy at times.


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