The Atomic Weight of Love by: Elizabeth J. Church

The Atomic Weight of LoveThe Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think about unseen connections, the forces that beckon birds along their migratory routes, that pull people together and split them from each other.

A beautiful prose of a woman’s search for intimacy. Meridian Wallace in many ways is a woman before her time during World War II. Attending college at University of Chicago for the study of birds she is a intellect, objective and subjective. She is drawn to her professor that she falls in love with because of his intellect and his encouragement for her own. When her professor takes a position in New Mexico to help with the war effort, they start their long distance relationship that ends in matrimony. It is in her marriage that she longs for intimacy and finds it with another.

It is a struggle between intimacy and intellect that makes this read intriguing with the background of World War II and the sexual revolution of 60’s along with the Korean War. Both the men in Meridian’s life; Alden and Clay represent contrast and her search of purpose. Alden very controlling and Clay being a free spirit each haunted by different wars and their roles in them.

The prose also weaves the study of crows which is a big part of Meridian’s life in New Mexico with what is going on in her heart and her relationships. The struggles of loyalty and individualism. Belonging and being free. Being known and to know. I always find these contrasts so fascinating.

A Special Thank You to Algonquin Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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