The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

Another staff recommendation (and further proof I’m really drawn to things that are yellow).

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

I read this novel straight through, in a cramped middle seat on six-hour flight. I’ve never been so blissfully oblivious of leg cramps and shrieking babies. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that succeeds so well at being simultaneously playful and serious. This is a farcical revenge novel and also a thoughtful, character-driven family drama. It’s startlingly contemporary even though its central character is nearly an octogenarian. It’s a mess of oddballs, contradictions and cultural references ranging from Chaucer to CSI. 

For some reason, I really want to describe this book using a food analogy — but what kind of pie mixes hurricanes, big religion, medical malfeasance and Asperger’s, with Elvis obsession, a homemade nuclear reactor, and a 77-year-old woman who moves to Tallahassee to murder someone? 

What kind of pie? Delicious pie, that’s what kind of pie. Have some!

~ Margaret

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