MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT 7PM

LOUISA HALL

TRINITY

in conversation with IVY POCHODA

J. Robert Oppenheimer was a brilliant scientist, a champion of liberal causes, and a complex and often contradictory character. He loyally protected his Communist friends, only to later betray them under questioning. He repeatedly lied about love affairs. And he defended the use of the atomic bomb he helped create, before ultimately lobbying against nuclear proliferation.

Through narratives that cross time and space, a set of characters bears witness to the life of Oppenheimer, from a secret service agent who tailed him in San Francisco, to the young lover of a colleague in Los Alamos, to a woman fleeing McCarthyism who knew him on St. John. As these men and women fall into the orbit of a brilliant but mercurial mind at work, all consider his complicated legacy while also uncovering deep and often unsettling truths about their own lives.

In this stunning, elliptical novel, Louisa Hall has crafted a breathtaking and explosive story about the ability of the human mind to believe what it wants, about public and private tragedy, and about power and guilt. Blending science with literature and fiction with biography, Trinity asks searing questions about what it means to truly know someone, and about the secrets we keep from the world and from ourselves.

"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

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 has taught literature and creative writing at the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin and the Austin State Psychiatric Hospital. She is the author of the novels Speak and The Carriage House.

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley and Visitation Street. Wonder Valley won The Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as being chosen as an NPR and Los Angeles Times Book of the Year.

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