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Eteor shower he falls in love with Opal whose father is a glassblower who can spin color out of lightFos 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 I thought this book was spectacularly well written with gorgeous language and very clever use of mathematical and scientific language to create romantic descriptions There were several very obvious themes woven throughout which I found enjoyable but I acknowledge that other reviews thought they were overdone or contrived I loved them and found the use of Light and Radiance throughout to be very interesting I also thought hanging elements of the story on a Moby Dick frame was cool and now realize I need to read THAT book too To me the distinct themes and the semi secret references to Moby Dick reinforced the idea of things unseen an underlying structure or synchronicity in life that you might not really be aware ofThe characters were very interesting if tragically flawed and I have found myself thinking about the story constantly That is a key indicator for me of a special book If it feels forgettable it is This one for me is notAlso very compelling for me was the setting Knoxville and Oak Ridge places I know well and that the author clearly knows well The depiction of life in East Tennessee from WWI through WWII felt very realistic with the uniuely southern influences of TVA the KKK and Appalachian mindsets This story was written from the inside and had the ring of truth I ve already recommended it to several family members and consider it a keeper Fire and Desire 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 I thought this book was spectacularly well written with gorgeous language and very clever The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox use of mathematical and scientific language to create romantic descriptions There were several very obvious themes woven throughout which I found enjoyable but I acknowledge that other reviews thought they were overdone or contrived I loved them and found the The Illusionists use of Light and Radiance throughout to be very interesting I also thought hanging elements of the story on a Moby Dick frame was cool and now realize I need to read THAT book too To me the distinct themes and the semi secret references to Moby Dick reinforced the idea of things Planet of the Bugs unseen an Fishes of the Open Ocean underlying structure or synchronicity in life that you might not really be aware ofThe characters were very interesting if tragically flawed and I have found myself thinking about the story constantly That is a key indicator for me of a special book If it feels forgettable it is This one for me is notAlso very compelling for me was the setting Knoxville and Oak Ridge places I know well and that the author clearly knows well The depiction of life in East Tennessee from WWI through WWII felt very realistic with the Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uniuely southern influences of TVA the KKK and Appalachian mindsets This story was written from the inside and had the ring of truth I ve already recommended it to several family members and consider it a keeper

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Evidence of Things Unseen

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 beli Absolutely beautiful book I read it as slowly as I possibly could so as to savor it

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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 promise than peril but there was evidence of things unseen that would transfigure our unuestioned 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 m I ve got to hand it to Goodreads I never would have even heard of this book if it weren t for the reading friends I ve made there And that would have been a shame because Evidence of Things Unseen is going on my list of all time favorite books and likely the best book I ve read this yearThe book opens with Fos nicknamed for Ray Foster a World War I vet home from the trenches with a newfound appreciation for science and technology He meets Opal on a trip to see the Perseid meteor shower on the North Carolina coast and immediately knows they are destined to marry That was Fos way with things looking on the bright side Seeing glowing haloes where others saw false paragons decaying into chalk inside abandoned churches The difference between Fos and Opal was the difference between x and something absolute Fos was light and Opal matter Together they were two sides of the same page And yet in the midst of Fos hope for the future the great depression bears heavy upon the country and Opal s hopes for a family become dimmer with each passing monthMarianne Wiggins paints a striking tale of a young couple looking eagerly at the future and a country which also places its hopes in the promise of the Atomic Age Like the couple America finds that you should be careful what you wish forWith amazing prose this author has presented a slice of history and dares you to look deeper It is not surprising that Evidence of Things Unseen was a National Book Award finalist It is the total package a great story beautiful writing history and depth I only wish I could find books of this caliber


10 thoughts on “Evidence of Things Unseen

  1. says:

    The first thing I noticed in this book was Wiggen’s use of poetic language Beautiful But in the beginning of the book at least it was too much for me Like too many plums in the pudding too much sauce on the pasta Tasty gems need a matrix t

  2. says:

    I’ve got to hand it to Goodreads I never would have even heard of this book if it weren’t for the reading friends I’ve made there And that would have been a shame because Evidence of Things Unseen is going on my list of all time

  3. says:

    In this world where bombs are dropped to end a war; where people living in clean new identical houses and whose sons spend dreamy summer evenings in tents in the back build the atomic bomb and cheer when it explodes because it means money for them and their town how can you believe in love or other wonderful uns

  4. says:

    My distaste for this book can be understood by a sentence very early on in this novelBlinking in the the rain he saw her bones smooth as horn beneath the fabric of her dress where it clung flat as oil on water to her form he saw the flat spades of her scapulae and her ropy spine rising from the meager compass of her unspanned hips toward the frail width of her slender shoulders Not only do we have a string of similes

  5. says:

    I’m not the kind of person to gush I believe that the 80 20 ratio of great to mediocre applies to all things including books So when I do gush I mean it And I’m gushing Evidence of Things Unseen covers the range of historical events from one great war to the next through the lives of Ray and Opal More than an examination of America during the interwar years this is a novel about death love and above all th

  6. says:

    I thought this book was spectacularly well written with gorgeous language and very clever use of mathematical and scientific

  7. says:

    Note When my opinion is so absolutely opposite of the majority of the readers of a book I feel a bit than just the star rating is n

  8. says:

    This is a touching story of the tender love between Fos and Opal Fos is a man who has always been fascinated by things that glowfalling stars in the night sky; bioluminescence in the dark seaHe accidentally finds Opal when his truck breaks down while he is in NC to see the meteor showers Opal is uite the repairman so sh

  9. says:

    Absolutely beautiful book I read it as slowly as I possibly could so as to savor it

  10. says:

    This nearly 400 page book mesmerized me from the breathtaking opening paragraph The story of Fos and Opal grows from their innate curiosity in the world around them Fos an amateur scientist thrives on luminescence in all its forms Opal loves learning and longs to build a future with Fos Their love intensifies through trage

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