The Radium Girls Extended Excerpt

The Radium Girls Extended Excerpt

by Kate Moore

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ISBN-13: 9781492657606
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,640
File size: 426 KB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the beginning I must finish the book
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
“Lip-dip-paint” I cringe every time I see these words in this novel. The year is 1917, the girls are headed off to the studio in New Jersey, where they will work painting dial numerals and hands with a luminous material that is making the news. This material is fantastic for it can be used as medicine, for housecleaning, just about anything, for they claim that radium makes everything better. These girls love working at the studio, making great money and being social at the same time. The hairs on the brushes they use to paint these delicate dials spread out, so the girls dab the brushes in their mouths to get the hairs to come together as they apply the paint. This procedure creates less mistakes and since they are paid per time piece, the girls are able to get more pieces completed thence more money in their paychecks. This method becomes known as lip-pointing and soon even the new hires are trained in the technique. The girls mix their own paint but powder coats everything in the studio. A new studio in Illinois is opened in 1922, this is a different company but the same technique is taught to the girls who are being hired. The owner of this company encourages the girls to decorate with the radium, unlike the studio in New Jersey. I am floored as the girls begin applying the radium like makeup on their faces and then apply some to their clothing. At night, these girls light up the night and are the envy of others. It begins too quickly as the girls in New Jersey start to experience medical issues. Dental problems and medical complications that no one can explain. Radium is new on the market so nothing can be linked to it and the girls are each seeing different doctors so the communication is lost between these professionals. I am lost for words as these girls suffer and boy, do they suffer. The great money they were making does not suffice for what they are going through and it chilled me as I read their stories. Their bodies failing them, the medical professionals grasping for anything and the girls trying to hang on, some of them still trying to work to pay for the bills that were mounting. As they got closer to the culprit, thinking that radium might be the link, the companies began doing their own song and dance for radium is their money maker. Meanwhile in Illinois, it is business as usual. They have not heard the news from New Jersey, the girls are working and enjoying their cash crop of radium, for life is good. The anticipation was killing me as I wondered just how long it would take for these girls to understand what was happening. This novel tells the whole story and it is shocking to know that this really occurred. I could tell that a lot of research has gone into it this novel and I enjoyed the two different stories, the time differences between these two studios created an edginess to the novel. It was an emotional read for me, the horrific ordeal that the girls endured and reports/investigations were the most troubling for me. I highly recommend this novel, it was very insightful. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. Update: 5/1/17 At the back of this novel that I finished reading it from NetGalley, it talked about pictures and I was curious since there was only one picture in the e-galley I received from NetGalley so I picked up the hardcopy book from the library as soon as it was released.  I really wanted to know if I had missed some pictures and yes,
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
What a sad, somber, horrific and mesmerizing read. Teenage girls, some even younger, were told by their employers that radium could not hurt you. So, yes, dip that brush into the radium paint, put the brush in your mouth, get a tip and paint the dials. Paint carefully now, we don't want to waste the paint. One company even did medical tests on their employees, but never allowed the girls to see the results. The executives saw the results, they knew what was going on and that their employees were being poisoned. This was all happening around WWI. Years later when these women started having "problems" the radium companies refused to own up to anything. This book tells some of their stories. The good days when they were happy little girls and the bad days when their bodies were full of poison. Most of the women started having problems with their teeth. The radium would insert itself right into the bones of their mouths losing teeth and jaw bones. It affected others in their legs or backs. This book is a true story and not for the faint of heart. It is also a great book in that the author lets you see these girls/women before and after. While they were sharing each other's misery and tears, I was right there with them doing the same. Well, the tears part anyway. I couldn't imagine the pain or misery. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Thanks to Sourcebooks for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent preview! I'm so excited for this book! It reminds me a lot of Rebecca Skloot's Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago