The Only Harmless Great Thing

The Only Harmless Great Thing

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Early in the twentieth century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey, slowly died of radiation poisoning. Around the same time an Indian elephant was deliberately and publicly put to death by electricity in Coney Island. These are matters of historical fact. Now these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and wrongs crying out to be righted. Brace yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling cruelties both grand and petty while searching for meaning and justice.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250169488 (paper)
1250169488 (paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC BOLANDER
Characteristics: 93 pages ; 21 cm


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JCLHebahA Jun 25, 2018

Whew. Talk about a slim little book with a whopper of a punch. I knew about the Radium Girls, but the story of Topsy was new to me, and they come together brilliantly.

multcolib_rachaels Mar 16, 2018

Alternate history novella that ties together the Radium Girls and the death by electrocution of Topsy the elephant to build a world where elephants and radiation have very strong cultural links. Bolander does an amazing job of creating atmosphere, voice, and mystery in a very short book.

Mar 06, 2018

Every single thing about this book is perfect. It made me ugly cry and then gave me the strength to carry on.


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