Charmed Particles by Chrissy Kolaya
A Novel

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Set in a fictional prairie town in which the two overarching industries are a living history facility and a laboratory for experiments in high-energy particle physics, Charmed Particles tells the intertwined stories of two families.

Abhijat is a theoretical physicist from India now working at the National Accelerator Research Laboratory. His wife, Sarala, home with their young daughter, Meena, struggles to assimilate to their new American culture.

Meena’s best friend at school is Lily, a precocious child prodigy whose father self-identifies as “the last great gentleman explorer” and whose mother, a local politician, becomes entangled in efforts to stop to the National Accelerator Research Laboratory’s plans to build a new superconducting supercollider.

The conflict over the collider fractures the community and creates deep divides within the families of the novel.

About Chrissy Kolaya

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Chrissy Kolaya is a poet and fiction writer, the author of a collection of poems, Any Anxious Body. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, including Chariton Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazzyhorse, Iron Horse Literary Review, and others.
Published October 19, 2015 by Dzanc Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Part immigration story, part Midwestern pastoral, Kolaya's charming debut maps the schisms of a small Illinois town that's divided over a proposal to build a Superconducting Super Collider at the local research lab.

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