This is the sad and ultimately unfulfilled story of Figman, Enoch and Marilee: Three lost souls wandering the desert towns of New Mexico.
I work in the nuclear industry so the settings of Rocket City and the Trinity site were interesting and the descriptions of the locations were wonderful. I have occasion to travel to Arizona and New Mexico and I wouldn't mind searching out some of the locations described in the book.
The book started with an enticing scene, and some interesting characters, but while I felt sorry for all three of main characters I did not connect with any of them. Ms. Alpert has no doubt spent more time in the heat and the dust of these small, personal towns than I have, and perhaps this is a true "Americana" story; but I don't think so.