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Changing Light by Nora Gallagher
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Aug 30, 12

Read in August, 2012

This was one of the most profound books I ever read. Its parallel plots involved the remorse of a Jewish physicist whose work was crucial to the making of the A-Bomb and his life in New Mexico before the bomb was dropped on Japan. The second plot line involves a woman artist who moved away from her husband, also an artist, but a declining one as her work was gaining potency. The physicist, Leo, suffering from radiation poisoning, stumbles his way into her life. She does not know who he is but nurses him back to health and in doing so regains her soul. These characters are strong and well developed. However, the tertiary characters are critical to the movement of the plot and they are well developed. They include the Native American maid who has insight gained from the ability to observe people, the priest who reevaluates his values, and the mysterious FBI man. The moral themes resonate and though they are deep, they do not get in the way of the love story, The title illuminates both themes and shows how each character learns to re-evaluate his/her situation under different circumstances, The title also describes the New Mexico setting where the light changes, as well as the changing light of the world after the US bombed Japan.
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