The Atomic City Girls
In November 1944, 18-year-old June Walker boards a bus for Oak Ridge, Tennessee. There, June joins hundreds of other girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, a young Jewish physicist who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only all too well. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself. A riveting debut from Beard.