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Ecco Press
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5.9 X 1.3 X 8.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Louisa Hall grew up in Philadelphia. After graduating from Harvard, she played squash professionally while finishing her premedical coursework and working in a research lab at the Albert Einstein Hospital. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Texas at Austin, where she currently teaches literature and creative writing, and supervises a poetry workshop at the Austin State Psychiatric Hospital. She is the author of the novel The Carriage House, and her poems have been published in the New Republic, Southwest Review, Ellipsis, and other journals.


"[Hall] explores themes of guilt and betrayal as well as the fallout from lies and self-delusion--in the process bringing Oppenheimer, an often aloof, conflicted man, to vivid life.... Lushly written, this is an ambitious, unsettling novel that takes on big issues in a passionate, personal way."--Kirkus Reviews
"Louisa Hall's Trinity is an intelligent and sweeping account of the characters--some real, some fictional--swirling around the testing of the first atomic bomb. It is also an affecting meditation on the ways in which we betray others and, in the process, ourselves."--Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs
"Ingeniously structured.... [Hall] excels at creating distinct characters whose voices illuminate their own lives and challenges, as well as the historical period that saw Oppenheimer's fall from grace."--Publishers Weekly
"With war, McCarthyism, and nuclear proliferation as backdrop, Hall's observers paint a picture of not just one man but of humanity.... Each narrator has a unique and convincing voice in this compelling novel."--Booklist
"A startling novel that asks how well we can ever really know anyone else, no matter how much we scrutinize them.... Trinity is a dizzying, kaleidoscopic marvel of a book, and a beautiful reflection on the impossibility of creating a truly accurate narrative of any person's life."--Texas Observer
"Using real events to frame the narrative, Hall creates visceral vignettes using science, history, and biography to create three-dimensional characters pouring forth their own stories.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Triumphant.... Each of the anecdotes functions as a compelling story in its own right, and only becomes more powerful when taken together as a complete narrative. With beautiful specificity and nuance, Hall interrogates such major issues as ethics in scientific discovery and breaching the chasm between public and private selves."--Vanity Fair
"A narrative exploration of the gap between public and private selves, as the novel makes plain that people are unreliable, and that betraying others is inextricably linked with betraying ourselves.... Hall's book ambitiously takes on far-reaching issues at Los Alamos in a passionate, personal way."--Santa Fe New Mexican
"Intelligent, elegant.... [Hall tells] his story through the eyes of seven fictional characters with whom [Oppenheimer] comes into tangential contact.... The emotional weight of their sections lies in their own hurts and betrayals, their own flailing attempts to understand how, precisely, their own lives have somehow come to this."--Washington Post
"[Hall has] earned acclaim for her ability to wield language with unusual precision.... Trinity [is] a brilliant imagining of how the details omitted from one notorious man's story might define him more fully than the broad strokes we already know....Trinity sounds a wake-up call."--Time
"Brilliant... Hall has shaped a richly imagined, tremendously moving fictional work. Its genius is not to explain but to embody the science and politics that shaped Oppenheimer's life.... The resulting quantum portrait feels both true and dazzlingly unfamiliar."--New York Times Book Review
"[Hall] employs an ingenious and creative tactic to paint an image of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb".... In this staggeringly beautiful novel, he is fragmented, shown only through the eyes of people who are all struggling with their own existences.... Trinity is a masterpiece."--BookPage