Abhijat is a theoretical physicist from India now working at the National Accelerator Research Laboratory. His wife, Sarala, home with their y ...more
The parallel stories are skilfully told in a very straightforward manner that also manages t ...more
Chrissy Kolaya’s debut novel is set in a small town just beyond the edge of the Chicago suburbs during the 1980s and concerns the intersecting lives of two families.
Abhijat Mital is a theoretical physicist from India who works at the National Accelerator Research Laboratory in Nicolet, Illinois. He is a workaholic obsessed with making a breakthrough that will lead to the Nobel Prize in Physics and a legacy ...more
How should we face the unknown? What creates a lasting legacy? Woven throughout Chrissy Kolaya's novel, explicitly or implicitly, these questions are on the minds of the beautifully drawn characters in CHARMED PARTICLES.
In a fictional Chicago suburb two industries exist in symbolic balance; the National Accelerator Research Laboratory with its cadre of scientists wrangling questions of subatomic particles and their role in the universe, and a Williamsburg, Virginia-lik ...more
a New Realm of Exotic Matter
Do you like original adventures, gradual suspense, quirky characters, or a slight touch of wanderlust? If you answered yes to any of the above, then Chrissy Kolaya’s debut novel Charmed Particles, might be the newest page-turner that you add to your bookshelf.
Nestled in the fictional, Midwestern prairie town of Nicolet, Illinois, the story centers thought-provoking narrative about family,...more
Abhijat is a theoretical physician who is excited to work at the premier physics lab at Nicolette Illinois
His work is the ...more
I can't believe how quickly I was sucked in and plowed through the story which takes place during the 1970s and 1980s in Illinois where a proposed supercollider might be built. This sets up: us vs the, science vs town, scientists vs "normal" people, neighbor against neighbor, and family against family.
The two families featured are each outsiders in thei ...more
For me, Charmed Particles was largely about finding happiness in the present instead of constantly reaching towards to future; to accepting life for what it is instead of constantly reaching for something bigger, brighter; to understanding that the inability to reach a goal doesn't necessarily mean failure, but more so a change of direction and plans.
Given that these are all thoughts and ideas that I've been ...more
I could go on but I think it is enough to say that the author's writing style is not for me. M ...more
The story follows two girls and their respective families as they navigate growing up on the nerdier side of suburbia. One girl's parents are from India, and the descriptions of their assimilation to the U.S. are touching and well-crafted. Throw in heated local politics involving a proposed new scientific facility, Mary Kay ladies, and a gentleman explorer - it is thoroughly e ...more
The 1970s story centers around several related themes: the transformation of precious Illinois farmland to unknown and possibly dangerous science research, the beginning age of special education for gifted students ...more
Academic fiction is also fun, as well as the examination of otherness.
Ending was too neat and done expressions/prose style were repeated to often.
Look toward to more from this author.