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March 13, 2011 / Leslie

Review and Giveaway: Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

Revenge of the Radioactive LadyThe Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Genre: Women’s Literature, Dark Humor
Publisher: Doubleday
Publish Date: February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover | 352 pages
Rating: 4 of 5

Marylou Ahern wants to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs. Fifty years ago he was in charge of a secret government study that exposed pregnant women to radiation without their knowledge or consent. Marylou thought she was taking vitamins when in fact she was getting much more. The consequences were devastating. Her daughter died of cancer and she and her husband divorced.

Now Marylou has found Dr. Wilson and he is living with his family in Florida. She changed her name to Nance and moveed to Florida intending to befriend the family and ultimately kill Dr. Spriggs. When she meets the family she finds Wilson is suffering from dementia, Caroline, his daughter, is having a midlife crisis and Vic, her husband, is on the verge of an affair. Two of their three children suffer from Asperger’s syndrome, one is obsessed with building a nuclear reactor in the yard and the other with Elvis, and the youngest daughter seems all too normal.

Nance manages to cause a lot of mischief and create problems for everyone. Eventually she realizes that Wilson has dementia and doesn’t even remember who she is or why she is upset even though she tells him over and over again. And besides, she is growing fond of the family.

Using a humorous and engaging style the author delves into serious subjects. The story is told from the alternating point of view of each of the main characters and takes place over a few months. At times serious and other times laugh out loud funny, there is much clever dialog and many over the top situations.

I had fun reading this little gem of a book. It’s one I might have overlooked had I not been offered a chance to review it for Doubleday and I’m excited to have discovered it. Recommended.

About The Author

Elizabeth Stuckey-French is the author of the short story collection The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, Five Points, and other literary journals. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where she teaches fiction writing at Florida State University.

Giveaway Information [Contest now closed]

Thanks to Liz at Doubleday Books you have a chance to win your own copy of Revenge of the Radioactive Lady. I have 2 copies to give away to my readers. Contest is open to US addresses only, no PO Boxes. The book will be shipped by the publisher.

  • To enter fill out the form. Comments are always welcome but you need to fill out the form to enter the drawing.
  • For a second entry, be a follower. Email, RSS, Twitter, etc.
  • For a third entry ‘like’ my facebook fan page.

The deadline for entry is March 27th, midnight, central time. I will draw 2 winners using Winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address.
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Leave a Comment
  1. Rebecca Rasmussen / Mar 13 2011 3:00 pm

    Elizabeth is a friend of mine, so this is really special! So glad you enjoyed it! XOXo


  2. Marie / Mar 13 2011 3:53 pm

    SOunds like so much fuN! 🙂


  3. bermudaonion / Mar 13 2011 6:46 pm

    I’m so excited about this book – it sounds like so much fun. No need to enter me.


  4. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Mar 14 2011 5:37 pm

    This sounds very interesting. I like dark humor.


  5. Elizabeth / Mar 16 2011 6:07 pm

    This sounds funny…I bet I would enjoy it…thanks for the post.

    Stopping by from Cym Lowell’s Book Review Party.

    Stop by my blog for a giveaway of LINEN QUEEN courtesy of Sarah from Hachette Books.


  6. jennifer o. / Mar 21 2011 3:09 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful read.



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