For the month of June we will be reading Brooke Bolander's "The Only Harmless Great Thing". Description: The Only Harmless Great Thing is a heart-wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants.
In the early years of the 20th 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 put to death by electricity in Coney Island.
These are the facts.
Now these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted. Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling histories of cruelty both grand and petty in search of meaning and justice.
You can find it in multiple forms from Amazon:
The library has two copies:
This is a super short read but I am sure we will have a lively discussion about it as we do with most of our books. Hope to see you there!!