An Atomic Romance

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bobbie Ann Mason
Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Reed is an engineer at a uranium-enrichment plant near a riverside city in heartland America. He has deep roots in this community. He was raised there and his father worked at the very same plant before him. It was here that Reed met, married, and then divorced his wife. Reed spends countless nights camping at a local wildlife preserve, gazing at the stars, fishing and hunting, that is, until deformed frogs are discovered at the site. Despite his father's death in a tragic accident at the atomic plant years ago, Reed stays on, proud to perform demanding and dangerous work for the benefit of the nation. As for the radioactive "incidents" he has endured, Reed prefers to think about other things, such as Hubble photographs of distant galaxies, Albert Einstein, his dog.

Reed's casual attitude toward danger infuriates his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Julia, as much as his quirky mind and muscular body intrigue her. Julia, a biologist, is truly Reed's match, or maybe more than his match. Both are witty, curious, and fascinated by science. Their courtship began with banter about Stephen Hawking's theories of space-time, and ever since it has been an up-and-down adventure of sexual attraction, intellectual game playing, and long silences when Julia refuses to return Reed's calls.

When news reports reveal evidence of radioactive pollution in the land surrounding the plant, Reed and Julia's relationship faces an unprecedented challenge.

Author Details

Author Details

Mason, Bobbie Ann

Bobbie Ann Mason has won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her books include " In Country" and " Feather Crowns." She lives in her native Kentucky.