The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit Title: The Wives of Los Alamos
Author: TaraShea Nesbit
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 978-1408845998
Genre: Literary Fiction
Pages: 240
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5

I was way too kicked to read this book. May be this is what happens to me all the time. I get kicked about a book and then somehow it does not live up the way I thought it would, to my expectations. “The Wives of Los Alamos” though surprised me after the first hundred pages or so. I think sometimes, the beauty of reading a book is perhaps not to give up on it. There is this voice that keeps telling you to go with the book and you do, and sometimes you end up thanking that voice.

As the title suggests, this book has got to do with Los Alamos, the military town that laid the ground for the invention of the atomic bomb by the United States of America. The wives of the scientists and physicists also arrive with their husbands to the town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. They start lives afresh, not knowing what is in store, with WWII looming large. They wonder, they speculate, and they cannot figure anything. Their children are brought up just like that – randomly almost, their households just take care of themselves and nothing seems right, as they are away from home.

“The Wives of Los Alamos” starts off slow and ends up picking up pace, right at the end of the book. I somehow got bored mid-way but it was the last part that really got me hooked to the book. Nesbit’s writing is of collective people – the nouns are collective, the wives are together – thinking, feeling and experiencing the same events and agonies and joys.

The husbands, the director and the General are also very strong characters in the book. The Manhattan Project as it was then called is explained quite succinctly in the book. From Oppenheimer the director to the views of the wives and the household help, Nesbit covers every tract of information beautifully. I would most certainly recommend this book to you, if you like history and the events it unfolds.

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3 thoughts on “The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

  1. Miri Berlin

    Dear Vivek,

    I am so happy I found your blog few days ago. A great source, even if do not have the time to read all your recommendations, I enjoy your writing very much. It also helps me to improve my English.

    I live in Berlin, Germany. I was born in Israel, and I think from time to time to visit India, yet didnt make concrete plans, as I don’t know which place would be good for me. May I ask, do you live in Bangalore ?

    Best regards, Miri

  2. Sukanya C

    Well thankyou Hungry Reader. I used to be like you … but then it was an era without internet , a few TV channels (1 exactly) … but now I am lucky to be able to finish a book per week…. Stay hungry, keep on reading and recommending!

  3. Annabelle Wolf

    Thanks Hungry Reader! As a first time author, I’m discovering a whole new world of ‘super readers’ that replace the book critics of old and go hand in hand with mine as an author. How do you choose what to read?…or more directly would you be interested in reading my first novel Breathe?


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