Janet Beard makes her debut appearance at Thurber House with her novel, The Atomic City Girls. In 1944, 18-year-old June Walker boards a bus for a city that doesn't officially exist—Oak Ridge, Tennessee—where she begins work on the Manhattan Project. The purpose of her work is never explained. Longing to know more about her top-secret assignment, June begins an affair with Sam Cantor, a physicist who clearly understands the end goal. When Hiroshima’s bombing brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals of loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.
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