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Evidence of
Things Unseen
by Marianne Wiggins
Book Review by Amy Coffin
Ray “Fos” Foster has a fascination with light. His interest allows him to work with chemicals in World War I. He then returns to Knoxville and opens a photography studio with a buddy and fellow soldier called Flash. Fos’s life brightens further when he meets and marries beautiful Opal.

Evidence of Things Unseen is an illuminating tale that’s imbedded in the scientific age between both World Wars. Marianne Wiggins’ incredibly original novel combines science, love and a little wonder amid the fascinating historical backdrop. Fos and Opal spend time traveling between fairs, showing off their personal x-ray machine, and watching the Tennessee Valley Authority swallow vast amounts of riverfront land. They also become part of the top-secret Oak Ridge Laboratory of atomic bomb developers.

The National Book Award finalist is an illuminating literary adventure. Unfortunately, the teaser in the paperback edition (0-7432-5809-6) and several significant reviews divulge too much of this magical tale of tragedy and triumph. Readers are better off skipping the reviews, ignoring the back cover and delving into the literary treasure found in Evidence of Things Unseen.