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Radium Halos by Shelley Stout
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Mar 16, 2011

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Read from March 16 to 22, 2011

Radium Halos is based on the true events of the Radium Dial Painters, a group of female factory workers who, in the early 1920s, contracted radiation poisoning from painting luminous watch dials with radium paint. Our narrator is Helen Waterman, a 65-year-old mental patient who worked at the factory when she was 16. She tells us her story through flashbacks, slowly revealing her past, the loved ones she's lost, and the dangerous secrets she's kept all these years.
This is a subject I knew nothing about. I found the details about the dial painters very interesting. Helen was a great narrator, and I wanted to see how her choices would affect her. I was hooked in the early chapters and quickly read this enjoyable book.

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