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4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental in style, but I enjoyed the book a lot, 16 July 2014
This review is from: The Wives of Los Alamos (Hardcover)
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TaraShea Nesbit tells the story of the wives of the men who worked at Los Alamos. The novel chronicles how the families followed the mostly male scientists to the compound outside Santa Fe and made a pre-fab new lives for themselves during the years of WWII.

Nesbit's style is experimental. Each paragraph is a little vignette set within a collection of paragraphs on a theme. Each paragraph is written using 'we' the first person plural - but makes it clear that within the collective 'we' are many individuals that made up the community - so both sides of the story are always expressed. It may be experimental, but the style worked for me, although it requires a bit more concentration than a straight-forward narrative, and consequently took longer to read than a conventional novel. The middle section, having established the wives in situ was not as riveting as the beginning, and the end - naturally, but I enjoyed the book a lot.
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