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The atomic city girls

Janet Beard author.

First edition.. 2018

Available at UDM McNichols Campus Library  UDM McNichols Library Stacks  (PS 3602 .E248 A95 2018 )()

  • Title:
    The atomic city girls
  • Author: Janet Beard author.
  • Description: In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. ٢What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.٣ In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn't officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months-a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders. The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the government's plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with June's search for answers. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.
    "In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn't officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months--a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders. The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the governments plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with Junes search for answers. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself."--Page 4 of cover.
  • Local Note: acq2019enl
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
  • Format: 353, 18 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780062666710;ISBN 0062666711;ISBN 9781538496879;ISBN 1538496879
  • Subjects: Manhattan Project (U.S.) -- Fiction; Manhattan Project (U.S.); Manhattan Project (U.S.) -- Fiction; World War (1939-1945); World War, 1939-1945 -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge -- Fiction; FICTION / Historical / General; FICTION / Biographical; World War, 1939-1945 -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge -- Fiction; World War, 1939-1945 -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge -- Fiction; Man-woman relationships -- Fiction; Oak Ridge (Tenn.) -- Fiction; Tennessee -- Oak Ridge; Oak Ridge (Tenn.) -- Fiction; 1939-1945; Historical fiction; Fiction; Historical fiction; Historical fiction; Historical fiction; Historical fiction
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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