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 beautiful, considerate hero who grapples with radioactive illness, a midlife main issue, 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 USA. He has deep roots during this neighborhood: 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 an area natural world look after, observing on the stars, fishing and hunting–that is, until eventually deformed frogs are came upon on the web site. notwithstanding 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 unsafe paintings for the good thing about the country. As for the radioactive “incidents” he has continued, Reed prefers to contemplate different things–Hubble images of far-off galaxies, Albert Einstein, his dog.
Reed’s informal perspective towards probability 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 excited 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 Reed’s calls.
When information studies show facts of radioactive toxins within the land surrounding the plant, Reed and Julia’s courting faces an remarkable problem. In An Atomic Romance, Bobbie Ann Mason provides an excellent novel set opposed to a backdrop of atomic strength: a love tale among a motorcycle-riding loner and an self reliant, strong-minded biologist; among the peaceable found in a regular American group and the nation’s violent nuclear earlier; and, eventually, among an excellent guy and the paintings he's taking delight in, although it can be placing his existence in danger.
From the Hardcover edition.