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The Only Great Harmless Thing

Fact and Fiction Collide in The Only Harmless Great Thing

The stranger-than-fiction story of the women who painted radium dials during the first World War got a proper exploration earlier this year in the nonfiction hit The Radium Girls.

In January, the topic gets its due in the realm of fiction with Brooke Bolander’s The Only Harmless Great Thing, with an intriguing twist. As if the story of the radium factories were not already peculiar—and tragic—enough, Bolander reimagines sentient elephants working alongside the women of history. Read More..