“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.”
Historical fiction is one of my great reading loves and I am so excited to read The Atomic City Girls! Perhaps my love of historical fiction in most part is because I learn something with every book, tidbits of fact perhaps too minute for mention in history books. I read Code Name Verity last year and this book reminds me a lot of that from the summary. We need more stories of women and the average citizen during the great wars and picking up a historical fiction is the best way to learn about what those like you and I went through during the time.
Have I mentioned that the book has actual photographs throughout from the Department of Energy? Snap shots of life lived during the time period of great turmoil. You’ll find bathing beauties, barbershops, billboards, boxing matches and other shots from everyday life. The photos give the book an extra something special!
Those who love historical fiction like me should pick this one up! I am looking for a couple fellow friends to group read this one with me! If interested send me a message on Instagram! This should be a very fascinating and educational read!
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(This book was sent to me from TLCBookTours and WilliamMorrow, all review opinions will be honest and my own.)