Why this book?
This book first introduced me to the Radium Girls and their tragic story. I was captivated by what happened to these working-class women in the 1920s & 30s, especially Catherine Wolfe Donohue. I felt such a connection to Catherine through Moore’s book that I decided to write a novel about her. It’s nonfiction that engages the reader like a novel and will make you wonder how events like this are allowed to happen.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Why should I read it?
3 authors picked The Radium Girls as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf book club choice
New York Times bestseller
'Fascinating.' Sunday Times
'Thrilling.' Mail on Sunday
All they wanted was the chance to shine.
Be careful what you wish for...
'The first thing we asked was, "Does this stuff hurt you?" And they said, "No." The company said that it wasn't dangerous, that we didn't need to be afraid.'
As the First World War spread across the world, young American women flocked to work in factories, painting clocks, watches and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and…