From the author of A Bend in the Stars, an epic, exhilarating adventure as a family of three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.

On April 26th, 1986, the renowned Russian scientist Anna Berkov is jolted awake in her bed in the Soviet Union. It's the moment that Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is torn apart. It’s also the first instance that Anna, having spent her live thinking about the science of time travel, lands in 1992, in the middle of the Armenian mountains, only to discover a young woman, her estranged daughter Molly, shot in the chest. Anna starts on a journey to key moments in her past to set her family's future on a better path—and prevent Chernobyl from ever happening.
 
Molly, growing up in the Russian enclave of the Philadelphia suburbs in the 1970s, has never known her biological mother, Anna, the famous scientist. She finds solace and comfort in the world of comic books, and begins to write her own series, Atomic Anna, about time‑traveling female superheroes in the Armenian mountains. She's determined to understand her family's history and build her future as an artist, until she meets the volatile, charismatic Viktor. Their whirlwind romance sets her life on a very different course…
 
Raisa has grown up with her grandparents, helping them in their butcher shop after school, while her mother, Molly, is lost to a rootless life of drugs and bad choices. She finds comfort in mathematic formulas and scientific possibility, as well as her friendship with the kind boy next door. Then, a chance meeting with a strange elderly woman, who shares her affinity for science, sets her towards a deeper understanding of what her studying has been leading to…
 
Atomic Anna is the sweeping journey of the Berkov women across time, space and three generations. Together, they must prevent the greatest nuclear disaster of the 20th century, repair the decades of hurt and abandonment passed down from mother to daughter, and ensure that Molly's life doesn't end that night in the Armenian mountains. As these brilliant women grapple with the power their discoveries hold, they are forced to reckon with what makes a real hero, because when knowledge is out in the world, no one can control whether it’s used for good or harm. And just because you have the chance to change the past, does it mean you should?

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