By the time I went to school, duck-and-cover drills were for tornados, not nuclear fallout. Here's what I learned about the Ohio River's role in America's nuclear bomb programs then and now.
I loved The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church. Janet Beard's Atomic City Girls is another good one. Both are fiction
I don't remember anything unusual about the narration ... not sure if it's the same book or not. It could also be the sieve of my memory playing tricks 😅
Of the two, I remember the Church being more enjoyable as a novel, FWIW
Loved that you read this! I remember being scared of nuclear war even in the ‘80s and the movie, THE DAY AFTER. My granddad was a chemical petroleum engineer in Borger, Texas, where Philips built an entire town for its workers. I don’t have any reason to believe he was ever involved with nuclear matter, but I went to camps in Blue Haven NM --and met a boy from Los Alamos who became a pen pal. I’ve seen the Oppenheimer movie, very interesting.