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Atomic Summer

THREE friends, TWO secrets, ONE lie, and the summer that changed their lives
2012 Southern California Book Festival, Honorable Mention recipient

From award winning author, Elaine D. Walsh comes an introspective and emotional novel with vivid characterization. This insightful, nostalgic, and witty story follows the lives of three teenage girls as they ‘come of age’.

In 1953,


From award winning author, Elaine D. Walsh comes an introspective and emotional novel with vivid characterization. This insightful, nostalgic, and witty story follows the lives of three teenage girls as they ‘come of age’.

In 1953, the world was ripe for destruction. The Korean War dragged on and the Rosenbergs were executed as spies. Senator Joseph McCarthy convinced the country communists were infiltrating the government, and the threat of nuclear war festered in the collective consciousness of the nation.

While American’s constructed backyard bomb shelters, the government conducted nuclear tests in the desert, three teenage girls planned their futures. Their innocent conversations about what each of them would do if the end of the world were imminent, coupled with a friend’s obsession, become the catalyst for a prank that spins wildly beyond control and draws in an entire town. Left behind in the wake of that summer’s events are their unrealized dreams and open wounds. In 1973, a reunion trip to the small town of their youth returns them to the summer of 1953 and the passion and betrayal that changed their lives.

BE PREPARED! This summer will be Atomic!

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Every character comes alive

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The story transported me back in time

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In addition to being one of the top summer reads, the author dedicated the book to her mother who died of cancer and is donating all her royalties to cancer causes and charities.


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    Christine D.

    Aug 28, 2012

    rated it
    it was amazing

    I got to tell you. Atomic Summer was an enjoyable read!

    I certainly commend Walsh on her characterization. Normally when I read a book in two days, I am not that impacted by characters at all. However, Atomic Summer is an exception. Each character evoked different emotional responses from me. Faith’s character was eponymous of her name. She is a loyal Catholic, and though she tries her best to uphold morality, she is often gullible. There are times when I feel so sorry for her when she cannot int

    I certainly commend Walsh on her characterization. Normally when I read a book in two days, I am not that impacted by characters at all. However, Atomic Summer is an exception. Each character evoked different emotional responses from me. Faith’s character was eponymous of her name. She is a loyal Catholic, and though she tries her best to uphold morality, she is often gullible. There are times when I feel so sorry for her when she cannot interpret how vicious the world is. Octavia is socially-awkward, and for a part of the book, I grew tired of having to read her narration. Surrounded by books and constricted by her responsibilities for Archie, Octavia though intelligent, is quite mundane considering her age. Then I realized, “wait – this girl has adult responsibilities to fulfill”. So I must confess, I began to grow fond of her because I felt pitiful for her. Also, she had the most pain to deal with. My favorite characterization was for Bernadette. She is a vicious adolescent with dictating hormones and no conscience. Though Bernadette did not narrate, Walsh gave us a lot of information on her via her loyal friends. I think Bernadette represents a lot of people we know today. She is manipulative and mocking, covetous and crazed. Sometimes I wish Walsh made her break an arm. There are many other characters in the book – Susannah, Stephen, Lyle, Allen, Wesley, etc – that not only enhance the plot, but make the book more authentic by presenting personalities we are familiar with.

    The plot was fast-paced – perfect for a summer read. I spent two nights reading this on my tablet, often finding out that morning came upon me.The novel is chronicled well by both Octavia and Faith. Their transitions are well-organized, allowing for a smooth plot. It was not hard to follow at all despite the stark difference between character narration. Unfortunately, the ending of the novel seemed a bit rushed. The reunion of 1973 was too functional in its exposing of secrets. The reunion was more of a “tell-all” session, and could have been less obvious.

    Walsh’s style is one that keeps readers intrigued. She leaves a lot of room for suspicion and even adds elements of humor. Flashbacks are obviously essential since the characters in the novel are adults now. Her diction differs amongst narrators. For instance, with Octavia you will except eloquence and slight depression. While with Faith, her diction is simple. She presents a wide range of personalities, whether it be a sleazy lurker (Lyle) or an egotistic matriarch (Susannah). With her ability to depict such distinct natures, it is obvious that Walsh excels in being a versatile writer. Her figurative elements such as her historical allusions and vivid imagery build up a story that immediately places the reader in the frantic atmosphere of the 1950s. I also loved the combination of themes Walsh presented. There is childhood innocence, betrayal, sexuality, religion, loss, grief – it is amazing how many themes can occupy such a short read.

    I highly recommend Atomic Summer not only to those in need of a fast-paced read, but to those who insist that the world was completely structured differently in terms of society. You will be shocked to see how Atomic Summer – a 1950s novel -parallels to our lives today. Its significance is one that will never expire as long as we live.
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    Lolita

    Feb 08, 2013

    rated it
    it was amazing

    Recommends it for:
    everyone
    Shelves:
    favorite

    THREE friends, TWO secrets, ONE lie, and the summer that changed their lives.

    This is the second time I write this review, so I don’t think it would be as good as the original because I am a dork and I happen to delete all my novels by mistake yeah I am a dorky….

    My professor said once about a novel that is it enlightening novel. I feel this way toward this book. However it is not a boring book. It is not just a book; it is a book about real life, about war, love, faith, loss, dreams, some may g

    This is the second time I write this review, so I don’t think it would be as good as the original because I am a dork and I happen to delete all my novels by mistake yeah I am a dorky….

    My professor said once about a novel that is it enlightening novel. I feel this way toward this book. However it is not a boring book. It is not just a book; it is a book about real life, about war, love, faith, loss, dreams, some may got what they want, but others won’t…

    It is story about three friends. Different personalities, different prospective, and it is spoken in multiple points of view. In one tiny summer that changes their lives forever.

    I found the side characters are interesting and enjoying Savannah Vaughn, Lyle, reverent Pappy, father Buffy, the witch, Octavia’s brother, peter… and many other characters. They really reassemble real people or the inhabitants of a small town in the time of war.

    The characters were complicated, we can study them from different sides, I found the character of reverent pappy is very interesting in away, and Lyle’s character in another.

    There were small tiny things or marks added to the book or to the plot a strong coherence like the rosary, peaches, I Love Lucy show and many other things.

    The environment of the war at that time well painted, it really adds to the really of the book, the places, characters, and events are pulsing with life, Giving us stories from life and lessons about life and death, about the horrible side of the war, the side which most people try to ignore, the real and vicious side of it.

    Main and favourite characters:

    Faith; good hearted beautiful sweet girl, her only dream is to have children and to be with the guy she loves Allen, narrator and friend number 1.

    Octavia red headed, smart girl. She dreams to be a doctor. She hates Bernadette and she doesn’t trust her unlike faith, which turns out to be the right thing. She refuses to let go of her brother, and keeps pushing him on fighting his definite death, narrator and friend number 2.

    Bernadette Vaughn, oh god, this is a hell of a character, she is playful young woman. Obsessed about sex and the secret of controlling men and manipulate them. She has her own ideas and prospective about life, for example she believes the end of the world is coming and she doesn’t want to die virgin. She wants to get what she wants even though it means to betrayal her closest friend. However I can’t just blame her for her actions and what she did to Allen, not exactly because Bernadette was influenced by the world of that time, the environment, her mother teachings, after all she is her mother’s daughter. Friend number 3.

    Allen 18 years, handsome, dreams to be a scientist; he tries to keep his homosexuality low, and hid it away. He ends up unhappy trapped in small town, One of Bernadette cunning victims.

    Wesley 17 dreams to be a playwright. I could say he is the one having love affair with Allen. But unlike Allen he manages to get away from this town and he makes his dreams come true. Fav

    Stephen Vaughn handsome, sergeant from Korean War, broken from what he had done and seen in the war. He is the one who woke the tears in my eyes. Fav

    My favourite paragraphs are for the same characters which are.
    You have shown tremendous courage in letting them go and in letting Archie go, even though you’re not quite sure what it will mean to you. Still, you’re willing to accept the risk and trust something good will come of it. If only I can be half as courageous as you.”
    “You are courageous.”
    “You’ll find I’m not and when you do, please don’t be disappointed in me.”
    “How could I ever be disappointed in you? I couldn’t have done what I did without you. You said this place was a fitting place to say goodbye. Say goodbye to your ghosts then.”
    “This is where we’ll say our good-byes. As for them, I’ll take them someplace else, someplace fitting, to a tomb where I can bury them and tell them to go to hell.”
    “I don’t want you to leave Port Pompeii.”
    “It’s time to leave, Octavia. I think I can do it this time.”
    “Will you tell me where you’re going? I’ll write. I’ll have plenty of time to write now that I won’t have my books. I could even visit you sometime.”
    His sorrowful eyes hold me in his gaze. “You’ll have to let me go, just as you’re letting these other things go that are important to you.”
    Stephen to Octavia.

    *****

    Finally, my passion wanes enough to allow me to realize how embarrassed I should be. As I am about to retreat and free him from the fury of my kisses, I feel his hand on the back of my head, stopping me from retreating. Suddenly, his lips envelop mine and his tongue slips past my lips, into my mouth, creating an explosion inside of me. I respond to his kiss with a voracious appetite, trying to stuff myself full with hundreds of kisses all at once until his patient mouth finally coaxes mine to relax and enjoy the tenderness with which he kisses me

    ******

    “I’m angry with you, Stephen Vaughn.” I allow the initial pain of speaking those words to wash over me and steel myself for the others. “I’m angry because you chose the easy path instead of the more difficult one. You could have been a hero, one you could have been proud of. You see, you didn’t have to be the hero everyone else thought you should be. The ones came back and overcame their ghost and demons in spite of their experiences and lost limbs, they were heroes. The man you met in Korea didn’t want you to follow him into death. I am sure he wanted you to live so that at least one of your lives could have been fruitful. I am angry because you gave me the courage to face my fears, yet lacked the courage to tackle your own. I am angry because I’ve thought for years that you only had enough courage for one person, and I thought you gave it to me, and that somehow I robbed you of life by taking it.” I draw in a deep breath and exhale the thought into words I should have been spoken too many years ago. “I am angry because you left me even though you knew how much I would miss you; how much I loved you. ”
    This is Octavia addressing Stephen.
    I cried and I cried and I cried…
    Why Stephen?
    Why did you quit the fight?!!
    Why!!!

    My favourite stories in the book are Octavia’s and Stephen for sure, along with Wesley’s and Allen’s story. Both of them ended in a tragic way that made me shade tears.

    This book is def worth reading.

    Recommended for everyone.

    Thank you Elaine D Walsh for this amazing book, although it made me cry, it is a hell of experience.

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    Juliet

    Sep 12, 2012

    rated it
    really liked it

    “THREE friends, TWO secrets, ONE lie, and the summer that changed their lives.”

    This caption definitely attracted my attention and I believed many others. I knew I want to read this book.

    The story is mainly told from two point of view, Faith & Octavia, about the lives of the 3 girls. I wouldn’t called them best friend because Bernadette apparently had a character which made most people dislike her right from the start. Faith is one of the pretty and holy girl who had no flaws and is so innoce

    This caption definitely attracted my attention and I believed many others. I knew I want to read this book.

    The story is mainly told from two point of view, Faith & Octavia, about the lives of the 3 girls. I wouldn’t called them best friend because Bernadette apparently had a character which made most people dislike her right from the start. Faith is one of the pretty and holy girl who had no flaws and is so innocent that she would believed anyone she had just met but at times she seems to be a goody two shoes. Octavia on the other hand is a serious and unattractive girl due to her family background but it can been seen in the book that she envied Faith . Bernadette, a proud girl who came from one of the richest family in the small town, smokes, crazy about boys and loved to do anything that is rebellious.

    The story started in 1953 in the bomb shelter in the Vaughn house which is a regular hangout place for the 3 friends and moves along with the boys problem and family problem for each of them. Halfway through the book, the brother of Bernadette, Stephen Vaughn, came home from the Korea war and an affection grew between him and Octavia. I really loved the story between them. Both of them are very lovable characters and I kept on reading because I want to know what will happened to the both of them. I almost teared at the last few pages of the books. (Those tears are welling up in my eyes!) It has such a beautiful ending.

    The plot is good and the characters are very real and interesting to read about. However the first half of the book is pretty slow as nothing seems to be happening. I still have no idea what is the secrets and what is the lie. The life in 1973 is only 1 last chapter in the book to wrap up all the loose ends. One problem is keeping up with the book. When I was particularly absorbed in a part of the story, the next chapter suddenly switched the scene to another and the last scene only came back 1 to 2 chapters down and I had already lost my touch on the storyline by then. The flow of the book could be better improved. I think the book would be even better if we could had read from Bernadette’s point of view too.

    This book is a pretty light read for its content and I would recommend to anyone who wants a little bit of chick-lit, a little bit of suspense and some romance to read this book as you will be able to find them all in just one book.

    Disclaimer: I had received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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