Download PDF by Bobbie Ann Mason: An Atomic Romance

By Bobbie Ann Mason

ISBN-10: 0307430634

ISBN-13: 9780307430632

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 pretty, considerate hero who grapples with radioactive illness, a midlife situation, 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 group: He was once raised there; his father labored on the exact same plant prior to him. And it used to be right here that Reed met, married, after which divorced his spouse. Reed spends numerous nights tenting at an area natural world defend, watching on the stars, fishing and hunting—that is, till deformed frogs are chanced on on the web site. notwithstanding his father used to be killed in a sad twist of fate on the atomic plant years in the past, Reed remains on, proud to accomplish challenging and unsafe paintings for the advantage of the state. As for the radioactive "incidents" he has persevered, Reed prefers to contemplate 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 really Reed's match—or probably greater than his fit. They either are witty, curious, and serious about technological know-how. certainly, their courtship started with banter approximately Stephen Hawking's theories of space-time, and ever because it has been an up-and-down experience of sexual allure, highbrow game-playing, and lengthy silences whilst Julia refuses to come back Reed's calls. whilst information experiences exhibit facts of radioactive pollutants within the land surrounding the plant, Reed and Julia's dating faces an exceptional challenge.

In An Atomic Romance, Bobbie Ann Mason gives you a super 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 standard American neighborhood and the nation's violent nuclear earlier; and, ultimately, among an exceptional guy and the paintings he is taking satisfaction in, notwithstanding it can be placing his existence at risk.

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Rather than frittering away my money on trips, I’d spent the subsequent years in my own neighborhood, collecting the stories and objects that chance threw in my path or that I found in the local junkyard—a beautiful establishment whose owner, my friend Jorge Ibargüengoitia, gave me special access to for being a loyal client. Between what I’d acquired on my international travels and my new local collections, I had amassed an admirable estate. I knew that one day I’d hold a grand auction in my own house, in which I would offer my treasures to people worthy of the privilege; refined people, people of great breadth of vision.

Appearances can be deceptive, Father; I’m a stalwart man. 39 THE STORY OF MY TEETH Look, Highway, it isn’t going to be easy, but just keep in mind that the parish has to be saved from the rampant capitalism that’s threatening it. Right? And while you’re at it, you’ll be cleansing your soul. Understood? Understood, Father. But why keep harping on about it? I’m not harping on. I just want to make it clear that these people are coming to see you, and their expectations are high. Maybe you don’t realize it, because you live there inside your ivory tower, but for a lot of people, you’re a legend.

15 THE STORY OF MY TEETH Once in bed, the blankets pulled up to my chest, I reach with my right hand under the pillow and draw out the book—the way a cowboy would draw a pistol from under his pillow, but a bit more slowly. Then I close my eyes and, using both hands, open the book and raise it above my head, letting its pages dangle above me. Then I slowly bring it closer to my face, until my nose touches the edge of the pages and slides between two of them. Those are the pages I read. I often write the date on which I read them in the margin with a little note.

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