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Oh Pure and Radiant Heart

(2005)
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Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
Acclaimed author Lydia Millet's latest novel is a black-comic tour de force depicting atomic bomb creators Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and Leo Szilard. Despite being dead, these scientists are spotted in Santa Fe by a shy librarian named Ann. She becomes convinced they are real and, to the dismay of her husband, devotes herself to them. The trio quickly acquire a sugar daddy - a young pothead millionaire from Tokyo - and a vast cult following of hippies, Christians, New Agers, bikers, A-bomb survivors, and curious anthropologists who join them on an RV pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Heroes to some, lunatics or con artists to others, the scientists finally become messianic religious figureheads to fanatics who believe Oppenheimer is the Second Coming. This imaginative novel, rich with incident, brilliantly marries their journey to a history of atomic and thermonuclear weapons and to the emotionally intimate tale of a middle-class couple trying to stay hopeful about the future as they grow close to the men who gave birth to the nuclear threat.

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June 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 1-932360-85-9 / 978-1-932360-85-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 1-78470-341-9 / 978-1-78470-341-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-09-949943-6 / 978-0-09-949943-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Oh Pure And Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-00-639554-6 / 978-0-00-639554-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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July 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-15-603103-5 / 978-0-15-603103-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-434-01557-1 / 978-0-434-01557-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Audio Editions

March 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.
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March 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.
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March 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2005 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Author(s): Lydia Millet
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Availability: Amazon CA