Radium Halos, A Novel about the Radium Dial Painters
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Radium Halos is historical fiction based on the true events of the
Radium Girls: a group of female factory workers who, in the early
1920s, contracted radiation poisoning from painting luminous watch and clock
dials with radium paint. Our narrator is Helen Waterman, a 65-year-old
mental patient who worked at the factory when she was 16. She tells us
her story through flashbacks, slowly revealing her past, the loved ones
she’s lost, and the dangerous secrets she’s kept all these years.
Praise and Reviews
Batt Humphreys, former senior producer for CBS News and author of Dead Weight:
"Shelley Stout debuts with a novel of characters as compelling as
the true story it covers. Like a good reporter, she follows the facts.
In this case she not only uncovers a story little known, but more
importantly she reveals in her characters, the humanity of a tragic
Red Adept's Kindle Book Review Blog
"5 Stars......this was a novel to tug at the heart."
The Historical Novel Review
"At turns humorous, feisty, and heartrendingly childlike, [main character] Helen’s narrative voice is powerfully blunt."
Originally from Annandale, Virginia, Shelley Stout resides in
Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys spending time with her two
grown sons. She also enjoys volunteering at a l More...