On Sale: February 6, 2018
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In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures
and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes this
riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the
Manhattan Project during World War II.
“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do
here, let it stay here.”
In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an
unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially
exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of
months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour
cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins
hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines
whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping
to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing
The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with
soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies,
bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about
their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam
Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who
oversees the lab where she works and understands the end
goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on
her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her
sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American
construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the
government’s plans, only that his new job pays enough to
make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now.
But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with
June’s search for answers.
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.
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