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By Bobbie Ann Mason
This provocative, rollicking tale is the much-anticipated new novel—the first in over a decade—from acclaimed writer Bobbie Ann Mason. In An Atomic Romance we meet Reed Futrell, a horny, considerate hero who grapples with radioactive infection, a midlife trouble, and string theory—all whereas falling in love.
Reed is an engineer at a uranium-enrichment plant close to a riverside urban in heartland the United States. He has deep roots during this group: He used to be raised there; his father labored on the exact same plant ahead of him. And it used to be the following that Reed met, married, after which divorced his spouse. Reed spends numerous nights camping out at a neighborhood natural world shield, looking at on the stars, fishing and hunting—that is, till deformed frogs are came across on the web site. although his father used to be killed in a sad coincidence on the atomic plant years in the past, Reed remains on, proud to accomplish difficult and hazardous paintings for the advantage of the state. As for the radioactive "incidents" he has persevered, Reed prefers to consider different things—Hubble pictures of far away galaxies, Albert Einstein, his dog.Reed's informal perspective towards threat infuriates his on-again-off-again female friend, Julia, up to his quirky brain and muscular physique intrigue her. Julia, a biologist, is actually Reed's match—or might be greater than his fit. They either are witty, curious, and serious about technological know-how. certainly, their courtship begun with banter approximately Stephen Hawking's theories of space-time, and ever because it has been an up-and-down event of sexual charm, highbrow game-playing, and lengthy silences while Julia refuses to come back Reed's calls. while information stories show proof of radioactive pollutants within the land surrounding the plant, Reed and Julia's courting faces an unparalleled challenge.
In An Atomic Romance, Bobbie Ann Mason offers a super novel set opposed to a backdrop of atomic energy: a love tale among a motorcycle-riding loner and an self sustaining, strong-minded biologist; among the peaceable found in a regular American group and the nation's violent nuclear earlier; and, eventually, among an exceptional guy and the paintings he's taking delight in, although it can be placing his existence at risk.
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It seemed to me that the definite break with him, which I noticed she never mentioned, had had the effect of releasing her to revert to her own personality, which, I thought, must have suffered and shrunk in the course of her relationship with Sigismund; and it seemed to be a symbol of this that she had completely changed her style of dressing and her way of doing her hair. The last time I had seen her she had been wearing the short skirt of 1926, and she had at one time bobbed her hair, which had made her head a little too mannish; but now she had been letting it grow, and, parting it in the middle and brushing it over her ears, had coiled it at the back of her head and stuck a comb at an angle behind it, and she was wearing a white shirt-waist with full sleeves and a long green-and-black plaid skirt, which were old-fashioned but very becoming to her.
I had the impression that the trees and the shrubbery had also been lately pruned; and the sails had been put back on the windmill, which was turning in a chilly wind that came up suddenly as I entered the driveway. Ellen herself I found rejuvenated in a most surprising way. She no longer had rings under her eyes, and she displayed a kind of nervous vitality which I thought at first was overwrought but which I presently came to feel as natural. The rather recessive attitude which had grown on her with her alienation from Sigismund seemed to have given way to a readiness to meet and taste life.
She was certainly not bad-looking now and she could never have been so homely as she imagined; but she was short and did have rather a large square head on a neck that was a little too small for it-physically, she resembled the doctor-and I could see that, with her precocious intelligence, she might not have been a belle. But her magnificent agate-green eyes must at any age have been arresting: they seemed to concentrate the light of the intellect as a powerful lens does the sun, and in this intellectual quality they suggested the eyes of a remarkable man; yet they were also extremely feminine and responded to everything that met them as the eyes of men seldom do.
An Atomic Romance by Bobbie Ann Mason