The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

The Atomic City Girls

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women 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 ...

Details The Atomic City Girls

TitleThe Atomic City Girls
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Atomic City Girls

  • Angela M
    3.5 stars rounded up.The title of this novel is a misnomer in some ways. It’s not just about the the women who worked for the Manhattan Project, called for purposes of security Clinton Engineering Works, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the 1940’s. It was about men as well, about what the everyday life was like at this place where they live and work on something secretive , a question of national security, they are told. Of course, there are people...
  • The Library Lady
    Clearly neither the author nor her editors have read The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, a non-fiction version of the story here that reads like a novel itself. If they had, they wouldn't have published this cardboard character filled version of history.And if you've already spent time reading this, (and if you haven't, don't waste your time on it), read that one. The true women (and men) of Oak Ri...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Linda Zagon
    imageWOW! Janet Beard, Author of “The Atomic City Girls” manages to write an intriguing and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel and Historical Fiction and Fiction. The timeline for this story is the 1940’s. The story revolves around the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A town is set up with segregated homes, and amenities for the residents working in Oak Ridge. Everything is secretive, and the workers sign confidentiality...
  • Deb
    Since historical fiction, particularly when it is set in the World War II era, is a favorite of mine I was excited to sign up this book tour. I like historical fiction that gives me a unique perspective of the war and I found the setting of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a small town built by the government in order to do research and produce materials and components in order to beat Germany in building an atomic weapon, fascinating. Los Alamos, New Mexic...
  • Katelyn
    A neat, fictional peak into the lives of some of the women and men who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during WWII, helping create an atomic bomb (most unknowingly). June is a local girl working her first job monitoring and turning dials all day. Joe is an African American man living in a shack away from his family and working on a construction crew to send money home. Joe's friend Ralph is fighting for racial justice and better working and living...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    I am an avid library abuser, last night I was number one for nine new releases, never one who wants to hold up the queue I can't wait to dive into the new stuff, loving historical fiction I grabbed this audio book first, after all I was number 29 in line for the kindle version, why wait! Bright and early I had my ears on and out to the garden I went... hmmm, it wasn't grabbing me, oh give it time, the meat of the story is just around the corner.....
  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    I worked at a National Laboratory for 15 years. My father worked there for 32. We were in California, but I had contacts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I am familiar with security clearances and secrecy. I am aware of much of the history of the Labs and which ones did what work.National laboratories are like their own little cities and I loved this inside look at the beginnings of Oak Ridge. The girls who were hired to operate machines, but wh...
  • Kerith
    Good traveling reading on an interesting and difficult subject but overall I was disappointed. The author focused on too many characters so that none of them was really fleshed out. The title referred to the girls in the story, but two of the points of view were men. They didn't live for me, they were cardboard. Some big occurrences happened offstage, like what happened with Ralph. It just didn't hang together. I'd have appreciated more of the hi...
  • Rebecca
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest opinion. I appreciate the fact that the author set a book in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. I am fascinated by atomic history, and there hasn't been a lot of fiction set in Oak Ridge. I do feel like the book tries to be too much like the non-fiction Girls of Atomic City. Even the title was just a bit too on the nose, even if there were rea...
  • Jen Naughton
    Maybe it's all this holiday multitasking, but I started this book confused. First, I thought it was YA. (there are a couple of sex scenes so it might be ok for an older high school student- but it's solidly adult nonfiction. Also, from the title I expected the story to focus on the women that worked at Oakridge, and this was more of an overall look into life there, including two men. It's an excellent overview of part of the war effort that was a...
  • Bridgett Brown
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.The government begin acquiring the land on which Oak Ridge, Tennessee was built in the 1940's. The story is told by several different types of people who lived and worked there. These people, black and white, were helping to build the atomic bomb. Almost all of the folks employed at Oak Ridge had no idea what they were actually working on, and security was very tight. There are quite a few old photos of the...
  • Thelma Fountain
    I received this book in a librarything giveaway. I really enjoyed this story! I loved the main character June. I do have to confess that I had family members who worked at Oak Ridge during the war and after. The story was so intriguing to me partially because of that fact. Oak Ridge Tennessee is much different now than it was during the war and it was so interesting to me to read about all the secrecy. I was unaware that the city was built by the...
  • Gaele
    Told in four alternating points of view, the story covers a period of approximately 18 months in the secret town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A government-built community focused on the enrichment of Uranium for use in bombs to be constructed in Los Alamos. Secrecy and isolation were the watchwords of this project, and we get a sense of what ‘may’ have been their thoughts. Cici, an uneducated country girl with a mean streak, determination to marr...
  • thewanderingjew
    The Atomic City Girls, Janet Beard, author.I thought I was actually going to be reading the non fiction book called “The Girls of Atomic City”, so my bad, since that one is non-fiction and this one is fiction. Still, I thought there would be more history in this novel. Instead, it seemed to morph into a good beach read that was basically about various romantic relationships.Four different kinds of characters were featured. One was June. She g...
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    Can you imagine a story based on historical facts that takes small town city girls and gets them to work in a secret city in Oak Ridge, Tennessee? All the girls know is that it is a job, will help them earn a living while the men are serving overseas in the war, and that they are helping their own country. They are required to sign documents that states they are not allowed to share anything that goes on within the Oak Ridge city limits and to do...
  • Marilyn
    I received a copy of The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard in a Goodreads give away in exchange for an honest review. When I first read what this book was about I was intrigued. I was curious to find out about this time in history in our country. The story of The Atomic City Girls took place in the mid 1940's. A town was being built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee whose sole purpose was to build an atomic bomb. With the exception of the high ranking army ...
  • Patty
    I knew about the Manhattan Project and the goings on in the desert of New Mexico. Or at least what was taught to us in school and what I later read about in books. Who knows what really went on? What went on in Oak Ridge, Tennessee? Clueless. I will note that I am not a real student of American history – I have always been far more interested in the times that happened much earlier than the founding of this country. That being written, there ar...
  • Kathy
    4.5 stars.The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard is an absolutely fascinating novel about four disparate people who work at the atomic research lab in Oak Ridge, TN during World War II.Eighteen year old June Walker is a farm girl whose future husband is killed not long after he enlists in WW II. Leaving her family and small town behind, she goes to the super secret military reservation in the newly created Oak Ridge, TN which, coincidentally, is bu...
  • Rose
    The Atomic City Girls is a very well-written and intriguing story about the lives and secrets of those who lived and worked in the Secret City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee during WWII. The title, I think, is a little misleading. I expected the novel to focus on June and her sister or on June and her roommate. Although the story does focus on 18-year-old June Walker and follows her roommate Cici, there is almost equal coverage from the viewpoints of Sa...
  • Anne
    It's all about the people in Janet Beard's new book, The Atomic City Girls. The main through story is about 18-year-old June Walker who gets a job turning dials at the Oak Ridge, TN facility known as the Clinton Engineering Works. June meets an older man, Sam Cantor, a physicist and a Jew. Sam ultimately becomes the most interesting character in the book. As June comes of age she learns both good and bad about Sam and about the nature of her work...
  • Darlene Messenger
    I received this book from the publisher as part of the Goodreads giveaway program. It is touted as being a much sought after book for 2018, and with good reason. The book has historical value and insight into one of the most famous secrets of the second world war. It has value also for the historical insights into the black cause of the forties and the segregationism they suffered during the war, despite being instrumental in building projects an...
  • Susan
    It was interesting to read this book because I knew little, okay nothing, about Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the building of the atomic bomb. And although it is fiction, it is interspersed with actual photographs of the people and activities that took place there. The “girls” of atomic city were from all over the country and usually fresh out of high school. They took the jobs because they were good pay in hard times, but the jobs were boring and...
  • Kathleen Gray
    While the title is definitely misleading, this is a fairly well done light fictionalized treatment of the support staff at Oak Ridge during WWII. Beard has woven the stories of four people- two women (not girls btw) and two men throughout the novel until their relationships collide at the end. Sam is a physicist, Joe a laborer/janitor, and Cici and June start off turning dials until June becomes a secretary. Only Sam is supposed to know what's ha...
  • Kristen
    I really enjoyed this. It was a glimpse of a part of WWII that, although the subject of several recent books and movies, I knew very little about. The book was about much more than just the experiences of the girls in Oak Ridge. June and Cici were young women whose job was to monitor levels and dials on a machine they knew nothing about. Joe and Ralph were African Americans living in substandard conditions but making more money doing construction...
  • Emily
    I received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately, I found this book to be very lacking. First off, its title is extremely misleading and is clearly trying to ride the coattails of Denise Kiernan's earlier nonfiction book covering the same events. Also, there are 4 perspectives and 2 are male--not great for a book allegedly about women. The two women are both heavily reliant on men--Cici is ...
  • Anne
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest opinion. This book is a historical novel based in Oak Ridge Tennessee. In a highly secretive "town" a group of physicists are trying (and ultimately succeed) in developing enriched uranium used in the bomb dropped on Hiroshima Japan. You follow a June & Cici - hired to work dials on large mysterious top secret machines; Joe, a physicist struggling ...
  • Grace Lerner
    The title is perhaps poorly chosen (is this a play on the nonfiction book titled The Girls of Atomic City? Because honestly it's just confusing to have a fiction novel about the same town called virtually the same thing) as this historical fiction novel delves into the (romantic) lives of both women and men living and working in "Atomic City" aka Oak Ridge, TN. Honestly, I think I would have preferred the nonfiction account because I found a lot ...
  • Kathy
    I won this book from a contest on Goodreads. I really liked this book. It took me about a day to read. I believe it was based on a true incident, but I'm not really sure as there was no info on this in the book. There were several things I take exception to in the book. For example, the babysitter was paid $1 an hour in the 40's. I babysat in the 60's and the usual rate was 50 cents an hour. Also, they went to the movies a whole lot of times. Bac...