New book chronicles the Los Alamos wives: Heading west into the unknown

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Photo: The first group of Los Alamos wives

The women featured in Boulder author TaraShea Nesbit's debut novel head west but hardly ride into the sunset. Their destination is a place called Los Alamos, in the New Mexico desert. World War II is raging and these are the spouses of brilliant scientists who've been asked to help design an atomic bomb.

In "The Wives of Los Alamos," Nesbit writes about women who left the comforts of the east coast for a place that was still under construction, that had very little water and was surrounded by barbed wire. They couldn't tell their friends or extended family why they were leaving or exactly where they were headed.

Read a chapter from the new novel.

Hear from the real-life wives of Los Alamos in podcasts from The Los Alamos Historical Society.