This poetic novel, by the acclaimed author of John Dollar, describes
America at the brink of the Atomic Age. In the years between the two world
wars, the future held more promise than peril, but there was evidence of
things unseen that would transfigure our unquestioned trust in a safe
future. Fos has returned to Tennessee from the trenches of France.
Intrigued with electricity, bioluminescence, and especially x-rays, he
believes in science and the future of technology. On a trip to the Outer
Banks to study the Perseid meteor shower, he falls in love with Opal, whose
father is a glassblower who can spin color out of light. Fos brings his new
wife back to Knoxville where he runs a photography studio with his former
Army buddy Flash. A witty rogue and a staunch disbeliever in Prohibition,
Flash brings tragedy to the couple when his appetite for pleasure runs up
against both the law and the Ku Klux Klan. Fos and Opal are forced to move
to Opal's mother's farm on the Clinch River, and soon they have a son,
Lightfoot. But when the New Deal claims their farm for the TVA, Fos seeks
work at the Oak Ridge Laboratory -- Site X in the government's race to
build the bomb. And it is there, when Opal falls ill with radiation
poisoning, that Fos's great faith in science deserts him. Their lives have
traveled with touching inevitability from their innocence and fascination
with things that glow to the new world of manmade suns. Hypnotic and
powerful, Evidence of Things Unseen constructs a heartbreaking arc through
twentieth-century American life and belief.

Marianne Wiggins—Evidence Of Things Unseen - A Novel

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