The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady 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

  • Title: The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
  • Author: Elizabeth Stuckey-French
  • ISBN: 9780385510646
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 thatThis 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 stum bling 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.

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    1. 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 describes how she was given a radioactive cocktail by her doctor in the 1950s as part of a secret government study, its affects on her life, and her plans for revenge. Cool and off-beat beginning – so far, so good. The novel then, surprisingly, segues into a garden variety life-in-the-suburbs novel, [...]

    2. 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 love the tale of Nancy Archer, hard-drinking socialite who turns into a giantess and goes after her husband and his mistress, or they put Attack of the 50 Foot Woman on par with Plan 9 From Outer Space. Either way, Nancy Archer has served as a prototype for cautionary feminist tales for the last 50 yea [...]

    3. 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 that the radioactive iron they were given was a vitamin that would enhance their health and that of their unborn children. The experiment was to see if the children would be protected from the radioactivity by the placenta. Of course they were not protected. In The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady auth [...]

    4. 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 marriage falling apart, an old man with border-line dementia, and a preacher with a prediliction for adolescents, but, remarkably, she does. And I am usually someone who likes my fiction heart-breaking rather than side-splitting, but I really enjoyed this book, racing through chapters to see what would hap [...]

    5. 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 medical experiments who sets out to kill the now doddering doctor who administered the radioactive cocktails fifty years ago would be funny. But it is! Stuckey-French's characters are sympathetically drawn. They're quirky, but never so quirky that they feel unreal. The writing is quite lively and t [...]

    6. 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 to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs to avenge his involvement in the medical experiment that cost her her only child Helen. Spriggs had fed pregnant women - Marylou included - radioactive cocktails in a scientific experiment that bore horrific results. When Marylou finally tracks Dr Spriggs down, she moves t [...]

    7. 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, white pregnant women were given cocktails of radioactive iron. One would suppose that a novel inspired by such dark subject matter would be solemn or angst-ridden; instead, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady turns out to be “the best kind of page-turner—one with heart” (Boston Globe). A few [...]

    8. 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 unknowningly drank a radiation cocktail and as a result her young daughter dies. She blames the doctor who is a man named Wilson and plots to kill him. But she becomes close to his family and realizes he is senile. This book was a lot of fun. It istold in alternating viewpoints.

    9. Who would've guessed that a novel about an elderly victim of unethical medical experiments who sets out to kill the now doddering doctor who administered the radioactive cocktails fifty years ago would be funny. But it is! Humorous, quirky, and offbeat all describe the unusual, but like able characters that inhabit the Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, by Elizabeth Stuckey-French.Stuckey-French's characters are sympathetically drawn. They're quirky, but never so quirky that they feel unreal. The [...]

    10. 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 bookThis felt like an out of touch old lady trying to be cute and writing a story that she felt would be risqué, but instead it is just stupid. I do not have a lot of time and am already annoyed at the amount of energy I have expended on this novel so I will just quickly point out a few of the most anno [...]

    11. 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 devolved from these high points into a mass of disconnectedness. I can't say that there were not good elements which made up this book, but the manner in which it was promoted was off. It should not have been labeled as a funny book. Truly it was not. That was left behind by the title and premise. It is a [...]

    12. From the back of the book: "It's impossible not to love a novel that starts out with a seventy-seven-year-old woman planning cold blooded murder, especially when the old lady in question is as charming and funny"OH I DON'T KNOW! MAYBE IF YOU CAN LOOK PAST THE CHILD PORN RING, RAPE OF A 13 YEAR OLD, NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE, A FAMILY OF AUTISTICS, ADULTRY, AN 8 YEAR OLD WHO DIES OF CANCER AND ELDER ABUSE.The nuts and bolts seem fairly well written, the characters well thought out. The story just sucks [...]

    13. Great convoluted story, darkly humorous and ironicI was pleasantly surprised. Senior citizen hell bent on revenge (justifiably so), sets out to destroy a doctor and his family with surprises throughout.

    14. I loved the humor in this book and was hooked from the first chapter. Also found the family dynamics when two of the kids have Asperger's to be fascinating. And I never quite knew what was coming (ok, not totally true-I guessed something ahead of time about a certain youth pastor).

    15. This book kept me really engaged and wanting to read more, always a good thing. Interesting set of characters each with unique perspectives. A really enjoyable read.

    16. This is a dark comedy about some very unusual and fascinating characters set in Tallahassee, Florida. The father, Vic is on the verge of starting an affair. He also dearly wants to experience a hurricane. His wife Caroline is experiencing hot flashes, is out of control, totally overwhelmed by the fact that she has two children with Asperger's. The boy of the pair is really into learning and experimentally with radioactivity. The daughter, of the two, Ava, doesn't think that she has Asperger's bu [...]

    17. Ooooook--what to say, what to say? I never tell what the book is about much because it takes up too much rambling space along with the opinion bit and has already been done a dozen timesoo how I felt about this book is what you get, if ya want itThis was a very easy read. I was entertained enough to read right through it problemo. The idea of an old lady out for revenge in the way of murdering an even older man who had done her wrong so long ago was great.just lovelyfun. At first you get to wond [...]

    18. Nancy Archer is the giant woman, made huge by contact with a space alien, in the campy old movie, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. So when Marylou Ahearn moves to Tallahassee for the sole purpose of killing Dr. Wilson Spriggs, she adopts that character's name. And she is a Radioactive Lady, thanks to a radioactive cocktail given to her without her knowledge as part of Dr. Spriggs's study. She, like the other women in this 1950s study, was pregnant. And her child died of cancer. Revenge, in 2006, is [...]

    19. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.I loved both the premise and the cover of this book. Marylou Ahearn is ready to finally get her revenge on Dr. Wilson Spriggs after 50 years. She assumes an identity (straight out of a Hollywood B movie) and moves into Dr. Spriggs' Florida neighborhood to put her plan into action. In the 1950's, when Marylou was a young woman pregnant with her first child, she was given a radioactive cocktail as part of a government experiment on radiati [...]

    20. Absolutely horrible book. I was looking for something fun but decent at the library, and the back matter sounded promising, so I decided to check it out. I'm one of those people that has to finish a book once I start it, and this book made me hate that about myself for the first time in a long time. It started out okayemise was a little silly, but it's summer reading, so I gave in and kept going. I'm not sure if Stuckey-French was pushing a deadline or what, but as I was reading, I noticed that [...]

    21. I can honestly say I spent almost an entire year searching for this book. Well, not specifically The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, but any book to fill a reading challenge prompt for a book set in your hometown. Since I don't live in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or In Palm Beach County, it was extremely difficult to find a book set in my hometown.Revenge of the Radioactive Lady is about Marylou Ahearn. In her late seventies and newly single, she ready to get revenge on Dr. Wilson Spriggs. Dr. Sprig [...]

    22. Marylou Ahearn is bent on revenge after locating the doctor who, in 1953, headed a radiation experiment that eventually took her eight-year-old daughter’s life. With plans to murder Dr. Wilson Spriggs, Marylou moves to Florida only to find out that Wilson now has Alzheimer’s disease and no recollection of her. Marylou’s plans of murder are foiled, for she cannot kill a man who has no idea what pain he’s caused her. Instead, she resolves to reap her revenge in the form of misery and tear [...]

    23. Confession time: yes, of course I picked this up for the title alone. It turns out my intuition was wise this time. This is a nasty little tale of power, privilege, and revenge, both thwarted and successful. The "radioactive lady", a pregnant mother who had been unknowingly given a cocktail of radioactive material in the fifties as part of an experiment, tracks down the doctor who led the study and who, indirectly, caused the death of her young daughter. By the time she meets him, however, he is [...]

    24. Really this was a 3.5 for me.Not going to rehash synopsis, so read it first. Good? Ok. I was hoping for some black comedy, and it was that way a goodly bit, but there were smatterings of despair. The lives of those she wants to mess with are already pretty messed up and depressing -- except for Otis. I loved him. He was awesome! But I had to read this since 1. The premise is hilarious and 2. It is in Tallahassee (like meeeeeeeee!) And I'm glad I did, and not just for the very apt description Vic [...]

    25. Utterly irresistible title, not to mention the cover art or the story synopsis. I generally enjoy a good romp with any oddball, dysfunctional family so I expected to enjoy this thoroughly. I did gobble it right up but I am still deciding how much I actually liked it. To be sure, there are some great characters. You gotta love a 77 year old women bent on revenge against the doctor who headed up the research project that fed her a radioactive cocktail during pregnancy except that when he turns ou [...]

    26. Reading the book jacket quotes, I expected to be thoroughly entertained by this book. Unfortunately, I was never that excited while reading the book. I only read the whole thing to see if it ever lived up to the reviews. For me, it didn't. It had a lot of promise, but just didn't deliver. I regret finishing this book.--------------POSSIBLE SPOILER BELOW------------------If you're in the middle of it, know that it doesn't get any better and there are definitely better ways to spend your time. If [...]

    27. A radioactive geriatric with murder on her mind sounds like she should be exactly my kind of main character. The title, cover, and jacket blurb make the book seem like a dark comedy, so it was an unpleasant surprise to realize that, a third of the way through the novel, I was actually stuck in a slow-burn suburban drama with occasional touches of "isn't that just so wacky?" humor.I liked Marylou quite a bit, but the scientist's family seemed like more of a focus, and they all left me cold. Stran [...]

    28. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's wacky, it's fun, and I suspect this is the antidote for some of the deeply depressing fiction I usually love to read. Full of oddball characters who take the reader on a wild journey through loss and revenge and multiple surprises, this novel is written in well-crafted prose that never clunks. The borderline-ditsy but definitely gutsy main character Marylou and the various quirky members of the Spriggs and Coffey families are still with me. I hope they hang a [...]

    29. This is yet another time when I wish would give us the ability to give something a 1/2 star designation. My review would be for 3 1/2 stars instead of 4. This is a book that I absolutely adored when I began reading it, but with 100 pages too many it began to slog along around the 200 page mark. I've given it 4 just because I did love it when I started reading it and the overall story is a good one. There have been so many books recently that seem to need a good editor to trim them down and spee [...]

    30. When 77 year old Mary Lou comes to take revenge on the man who she holds responsible for the death of her only daughter she discovers some startling facts about the former doctor, the life he now leads and that maybe revenge is not the best choice. This is a humorous and touching story of families, what it truly means to love and many coming of age tales (we don't just come of age when we are young). Love Elizabeth Stuckey-French's writing and the well developed characters between the pages of t [...]

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