Atomic Summer

General Fiction, Young Adult

By Elaine D Walsh

Publisher : Barks Out Loud

ABOUT Elaine D Walsh

Elaine D Walsh
Nimitz Highway and River Street is an intersection on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This is where I impatiently came out of the womb ready to start on my own personal history. I grew up in upstate New York against the backdrop of the flowering women’s rights movement with different ideas More...



THREE friends, TWO secrets, ONE lie, and the summer that changed their lives.

Debut novel explodes onto this summer’s must read book list and is getting 5-star reviews

In 1953, three teenage girls’ innocent conversations about what each of them would do if the end of the world were imminent, coupled with a friend’s obsession, become the catalyst for a prank that spins wildly beyond control and draws in an entire town.  Left behind in the wake of that summer’s events are their unrealized dreams and open wounds.  In 1973, a reunion trip to the small town of their youths returns them to the summer of 1953 and the passion and betrayal that changed their lives.

100% of royalties to charity.

The story was inspired by a conversation my mother had with her friends when they were teenagers about what each would do if the end of the world were imminent. I put this together with a story I was already writing, and Atomic Summer exploded. The book is dedicated to her memory and all of the proceeds go to charity

Most Recent Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Atomic Summer - A MUST READ
I got to tell you. Atomic Summer was an enjoyable read!

I certainly commend Walsh on her characterization. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Chrys
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner from the very beginning!
Bernadette, Faith, and Octavia had me hooked from the very first chapter. The twists and turns of their relationship kept me guessing through out the book. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be drawn into this book
I just finished the book & am astounded at the rich character development, the genuine historic context and the compelling and moving story lines. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mary beth mcdade
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
The characters in this book grab you from the first page and don't let you put it down. Be careful starting this book if you have anything else to do, because once you start it...Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTIVATING
Atomic Summer - a book I didn't want to put down. The characters came to life on the pages and held me captive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judi Pietro
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to remember ...
I found Atomic Summer to be a great read! The characters pulled me in and kept me engaged and interested in what the next page would bring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alina
5.0 out of 5 stars Put this at the top of your reading list!
Atomic Summer is a story told through the points of view of multiple characters. This approach makes it move quickly. There are no lulls to the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Atomic Summer was a page turner for me..The frankness of each character allows a deep connection to their ongoing struggle of finding their own way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars Atomic Summer
WOW!! I loved it Elaine!!! I started reading it and could not put it down and did not want the book to end. I am looking forward to reading more of your books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ingrid