Elizabeth J. Church was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her father, a research chemist, was drafted out of Carnegie Mellon University, where he was pursuing his graduate studies, and was sent to join other scientists working in secret on the Manhattan Project. Church's mother, a biologist, eventually joined her husband in Los Alamos. While The Atomic Weight of Love is not their story, it is the story of many of the women who sacrificed their careers so that their husbands could pursue unique opportunities in scientific research. Church practiced law for over thirty years, focusing on mental health and constitutional law issues. She has written extensively for legal publications and scientific journals. This is her first novel.
`A striking story of a woman forced to choose between the future she desires or the path society insists she take' Harper's Bazaar `An elegant glimpse into the evolution of love and womanhood' Kirkus `Church's debut will likely strike a chord, especially with women who find that not much has changed in our patriarchal society since Meri's time, and that Meri's story might well be their own' Booklist `A tightly crafted novel' New York Times Book Review `A fast pace and a light tone keep this charming debut gliding along' Sunday Times