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2003 LA Times Book Of The Year

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This poetic novel, by the acclaimed author of John Dollar, describes America at the brink of the Atomic Age. In the years between the two world wars, the future held more promise than peril, but there was evidence of things unseen that would transfigure our unquestioned trust in a safe future. andlt;BRandgt; Fos has returned to Tennessee from the trenches of France. Intrigued with electricity, bioluminescence, and especially x-rays, he believes in science and the future of technology. On a trip to the Outer Banks to study the Perseid meteor shower, he falls in love with Opal, whose father is a glassblower who can spin color out of light. andlt;BRandgt; Fos brings his new wife back to Knoxville where he runs a photography studio with his former Army buddy Flash. A witty rogue and a staunch disbeliever in Prohibition, Flash brings tragedy to the couple when his appetite for pleasure runs up against both the law and the Ku Klux Klan. Fos and Opal are forced to move to Opal's mother's farm on the Clinch River, and soon they have a son, Lightfoot. But when the New Deal claims their farm for the TVA, Fos seeks work at the Oak Ridge Laboratory — Site X in the government's race to build the bomb. andlt;BRandgt; And it is there, when Opal falls ill with radiation poisoning, that Fos's great faith in science deserts him. Their lives have traveled with touching inevitability from their innocence and fascination with "things that glow" to the new world of manmade suns. andlt;BRandgt; Hypnotic and powerful, andlt;Iandgt;Evidence of Things Unseenandlt;/Iandgt; constructs a heartbreaking arc through twentieth-century American life and belief.

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A beautiful story of an American couple and their adopted son, and how a very innocent knowledge and fascination of 'things that glow' leads to a loss of faith and their lives being ripped apart as the Hiroshima bomb is dropped.

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"Wiggins fits her lyrical prose to a distinctly rural, Southern cadence, easily blending the vernacular with luminous imagery, adding bits of poetry, passages explaining scientific phenomena, interpolations about the Scopes trial and even references to "Moby-Dick," which serves as a leitmotif."--"Publisher's Weekly."

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Marianne Wigginsandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of seven books of fiction including andlt;Iandgt;John Dollarandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Evidence of Things Unseen.andlt;/Iandgt; She has won an NEA grant, the Whiting Writers' Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and she was a National Book Award finalist in fiction for andlt;Iandgt;Evidence of Things Unseen.andlt;/Iandgt;

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DebZ, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by DebZ)
I thought all the great love stories had been written. I did not even read this as a love story...until I closed the book. From this poetic novel one learns about the physics of our universe and of our being, about a cosmic coming-together, and that what comes together must inevitably fall apart. This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read, rich with a nexus of science and literature, about faith (and disappointment) in knowledge gained and how humans use (and misuse) it.
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EmilyEm, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by EmilyEm)
Fos, a soldier of the Great War, and Flash come home and enter the photography business in Nashville, each man having his own dreams and demons. Fos meets Opal and begins a marriage that is marked with such beauty, they could write the book on it. But, the Depression comes, the TVA and the Manhattan Project—and in the middle of all that, another love of their life, Lightfoot. Wiggins' writing is luminescent. Her blending of history, Fos’s fascination with radiation with life’s great themes, tied to the structure of Melville’s Moby-Dick is just amazing. This is better, if it could be, than her newer book The Shadow Catcher.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743258098
Author:
Wiggins, Marianne
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Step back cover
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.845 oz

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Product details 400 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743258098 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A beautiful story of an American couple and their adopted son, and how a very innocent knowledge and fascination of 'things that glow' leads to a loss of faith and their lives being ripped apart as the Hiroshima bomb is dropped.
"Synopsis" by , "Wiggins fits her lyrical prose to a distinctly rural, Southern cadence, easily blending the vernacular with luminous imagery, adding bits of poetry, passages explaining scientific phenomena, interpolations about the Scopes trial and even references to "Moby-Dick," which serves as a leitmotif."--"Publisher's Weekly."
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