The only harmless great thing / Brooke Bolander.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • Content Notes:
      Fission -- Cascade Reaction.
    • Notes:
      22
    • ISBN:
      9781250169488
      1250169488
    • Accession Number:
      2017278533
    • Accession Number:
      neos.8643463
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BOLANDER, B. The only harmless great thing. [s.l.] : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 ago. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Bolander B. The Only Harmless Great Thing. Tom Doherty Associates; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8643463&custid=s3443875. Accessed August 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      Bolander, B. (2018). The only harmless great thing. Tom Doherty Associates. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8643463&custid=s3443875
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bolander, Brooke. 2018. The Only Harmless Great Thing. Tom Doherty Associates. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8643463&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Bolander, B. (2018) The only harmless great thing. Tom Doherty Associates. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8643463&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 23 August 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bolander, B 2018, The only harmless great thing, Tom Doherty Associates, viewed 23 August 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Bolander, Brooke. The Only Harmless Great Thing. Tom Doherty Associates, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8643463&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bolander, Brooke. The Only Harmless Great Thing. Tom Doherty Associates, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8643463&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bolander B. The only harmless great thing [Internet]. Tom Doherty Associates; 2018 [cited 2019 Aug 23]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8643463&custid=s3443875

Reviews

PW Reviews 2017 December #2

An imagined alternate past and present are not so much twined as stacked in this disjointed novella, which introduces elephants into the real-life history of the "radium girls," factory workers who were poisoned by painting watch and clock faces with toxic material. Bolander describes elephants with human-level intelligence and their own culture who are granted no extra respect or protections despite their ability to communicate with people using a trunk-based form of sign language. The creatures were forced to learn to paint with radium; decades later, their historical association with radioactivity leads to them being used as guardians for nuclear waste sites. The story bounces among points of view and points in time, and between reinvented history and folklore, in a way that can be hard to follow. The lyrical writing is pleasant and builds a certain atmosphere, but readers hoping for a plot or an emotional hook will struggle to tease one out of the skips and hops. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.