The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

Title:The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385510646
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:334 pages

This lively, intricately plotted, laugh-out-loud funny, and surprisingly touching family drama combines the wit of Carl Hiaasen with the southern charm of Jill McCorkle.

Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences.

Marylou has been plotting her revenge for fifty years. When she accidentally discovers his whereabouts in Florida, her plans finally snap into action. She high tails it to hot and humid Tallahassee, moves in down the block from where a now senile Spriggs lives with his daughter’s family, and begins the tricky work of insinuating herself into their lives. But she has no idea what a nest of yellow jackets she is stum­bling into.

Before the novel is through, someone will be kidnapped, an unlikely couple will get engaged, someone will nearly die from eating a pineapple upside-down cake laced with anti-freeze, and that’s not all . . .

Told from the varied perspectives of an incredible cast of endearing oddball characters and written with the flair of a native Floridian, this dark comedy does not disappoint.


    The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady Reviews

  • Deedee

    The best thing about The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady is the title. The second best thing about the novel is the cover.The third best thing is the first chapter of the novel, wherein our heroine de...

  • David Abrams

    In 1958, a 50-foot woman attacked movie theaters in a rampage of "revenge and desire." The science-fiction camp classic has been revered and reviled in equal doses over the years--audiences either lov...

  • Felice

    In another of those marvelous anecdotes that becomes unburied and astounds us all it turns out that between 1945 and 1949, 800+ pregnant women were told by doctors at Vanderbilt University Hospital th...

  • Siobhan Fallon

    I am not sure how Elizabeth Stuckey-French manages to craft a funny novel out of the systematic radioactive poisoning of pregnant women by the US government in the 1950s, autistic teenagers, a marriag...

  • Christine Seifert

    Ann and Michael from the Books on the Nighstand podcast told me to read this book. I'm glad I do what they say because I loved it.Who would've guessed that a novel about an elderly victim of unethical...

  • Sheri

    This book was awful. I don't mean kind of awful, I mean if I could give it a negative rating I would do so. I thought the premise and the cover were interesting, but I should know not to judge a book....

  • Gaby

    Humorous, quirky, offbeat all describe the unusual characters that inhabit The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French.There is seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is determined ...

  • David Zerangue

    Where to begin? I culled through a number of reviews and found one which I found to sum up my thoughts. The book had a catchy title, great cover art, and a humorous premise. However, it quickly devolv...

  • Bookmarks Magazine

    The story of Marylou is not all fiction. Between 1944 and 1974, more than 20 medical experiments charted the effects of radiation on pregnant women, including one at Vanderbilt University, where poor,...

  • Brian

    This book was an odd one. When I first saw the arc at work it didn't appeal to me. Butupon reading it I was treated to a humorous yet somewhat deep novel about a woman who seeks revenge. Marylou unkno...