The Dust Bowl. The Trinity Project. No one would accuse Jennifer L. Wright of sticking to fluffy topics! But man, the stories she has to tell! When I started reading If It Rains, it felt like I’d found a kindred spirit in Kathryn. But then Jennifer started talking about Come Down Somewhere. Oh, wow. Two women, two decades, converging in an explosion of experiments and faith? Well… sign me up! Listen in to hear how this story came to be.
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It Helps to Explore the Hard Stuff to Reveal the Good Stuff
Author of what I’m going to call “gritty” women’s fiction, Jennifer L. Wright isn’t timid about tackling the hard stuff. From the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the home of wealthy folks seemingly untouched by the Depression, all the way down to what is supposed to be an “uninhabited” area of New Mexico where the government needs to test a new bomb, she writes of people and places that definitely endure that hard stuff.
Her latest release, Come Down Somewhere, tackles the Trinity Project and the far-reaching consequences of one terrible mistake. Told through the stories of two friends whose lives converge, diverge, and rejoin a decade later, Wright explores the intricacies of friendship, faith, and disillusionment in the wake of tragedy. I for one, can’t wait to read it.
Come Down Somewhere by Jennifer L. Wright
For fans of WWII fiction comes a powerful novel by Jennifer L. Wright about two young women coming of age during the Trinity nuclear bomb test in 1945.
Sixteen-year-old Olive Alexander has lived on a ranch in the Jornada del Muerto region of southern New Mexico her entire life. But when World War II begins, the government seizes her family’s land for the construction of a new, top secret Army post.
While her mother remains behind, Olive is forced to live in nearby Alamogordo with her grandmother and find a place in a new school. When Jo Hawthorne crosses her path, Olive sees a chance for friendship—until she learns that Jo’s father is the Army sergeant who now occupies her beloved ranch. Already angry about her new reality, Olive pushes Jo away. But as she struggles to make sense of her grandmother’s lapses into the past and increasingly unsettling hints about what’s happening at the ranch, she slowly warms to Jo’s winsome faith and steady attempts at friendship . . . until one devastating day when the sky explodes around them and their lives are torn apart.
Seven years later, Jo returns to Alamogordo, still angry and wounded by the betrayals of that fateful day. Determined to put the past behind her once and for all, Jo hunts for answers and begins to realize the truth may be far more complicated than she believed, leading her on a desperate search to find her friend before it’s too late.
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