by Jennie Fields
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Pub Date 18 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 04 Nov 2020
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons
"A novel of science, love, espionage, beautiful writing, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. As far as I'm concerned there is nothing left to want."
—Ann Patchett, author The Dutch House
"A highly-charged love story that reveals the dangerous energy at the heart of every real connection...Riveting."
—Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
Love. Desire. Betrayal. Her choice could save a nation.
Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations--in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She desperately misses her work in the lab, yet has almost resigned herself to a more conventional life. Then Weaver gets back in touch--and so does the FBI. Special Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Roz to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of passing nuclear secrets to Russia. Roz helped to develop these secrets and knows better than anyone the devastating power such knowledge holds. But can she spy on a man she still loves, despite her better instincts? At the same time, something about Charlie draws her in. He's a former prisoner of war haunted by his past, just as her past haunts her. As Rosalind's feelings for each man deepen, so too does the danger she finds herself in. She will have to choose: the man who taught her how to love . . . or the man her love might save?
“Atomic Love had me in its thrall from page one. How rewarding to follow these sympathetic, brilliantly drawn characters through their affairs of state and heart. Thank you, Jennie Fields, for this terrific, atmospheric, suspenseful and wholly gratifying read.”
—Elinor Lipman, author of Then She Found Me and Good Riddance
“Atomic Love lives up to its name—explosive and passionate, this is a story that you will not want to put down, and that will resonate long after it has ended. Fields has an unerring gift for recreating the past, and making it live and breathe like the present.”
—Kitty Zeldis, author of Not Our Kind
“A beautifully rendered love story entwined in a page-turning espionage thriller. Fields packs the pages of this wonderful novel with fascinating facts about the Cold War and characters that are complex and compelling. A must read!”
—Anita Abriel, author of The Light After War
“Feminism in the 1950s, plus espionage, plus a love triangle, plus the atomic bomb. Who knew? Jennie Field’s did, and in her latest novel, Atomic Love, she combines all these into a page-turning thriller that’s also an exploration of the competing pressures on women that still resonates today. This one goes to the top of your pile.”
— B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger
“Full of intrigue and good old fashioned espionage, Fields has created a flawed and ferocious heroine in the intelligent Rosalind Porter. A captivating must-read with a cast of crafty characters so engaging I was sad to see it come to its glorious end.”
—Noelle Salazar of The Flight Girls
“The smart, warmhearted, and haunted heroine at the center of Atomic Love is just one of the complex characters that enrich this imaginative page-turner. Field’s sharp eye for detail never slows the action, but sensuously immerses the reader in time and place.”
—Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone
“Atomic Love is so propulsive that 'page turner' doesn’t do it justice: There’s love, of course, and sex, but also spies and guns and disguises and family trauma and a genuine bombshell of an ending. And at the heart of it all is a brilliant, damaged woman determined to save herself and the whole human race. The world could not be in better hands.”
—Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations
“Atomic Love is an engrossing novel with the depth one longs for in historic fiction. Jennie Fields has created captivating characters who face challenging moral choices within a complex love story--a rare combination that brings the Cold War close to the heart.”
—Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
“Want to forget your current reality for a while? Immerse yourself in this high-stakes tale of love and danger, and let Fields completely transport you to the time, place, and sexy, mysterious mood of Atomic Love.”
—Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink