The Only Harmless Great Thing

The Only Harmless Great Thing

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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.

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  • karen

    this is a reese's peanut butter cup of shameful american history. i must devour it. ...

  • ?? Sarah ?? (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    Brooke Bolander Maths :And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead +Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies=TO READ THIS POST HASTE I NEED....

  • Cassandra

    So.Caveats first: I'm another Tor.com author; I know Brooke Bolander as a friend. The draft I read? One of the earlier versions of the finished product, I'm sure. But stranger, if you're here, combing...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    I literally do not understand a word of this blurb and I suggest you go read it yourself because it is a fucking TRIP....

  • Alasdair Stuart

    Brooke Bolander's work has been defined to date by a combination of relentlessly precise language and colossal emotion depth and focus. Her short fiction is seared through with images that linger afte...

  • Acqua

    3.75 stars.The Only Harmless Great Thing is one of the most unusual books I've ever read. It's alternate history, and maybe it's even set in an alternate universe, as here elephants can talk with huma...

  • Michael Hicks

    The Only Harmless Great Thing is a tough one for me to digest, and I'm not quite sure what to say about it. The narrative round-robins its way through multiple points of view: we have, at the book's c...

  • j

    Well that was a punch in the gut. ...

  • Leseparatist

    The language and emotion are very compelling in this story about injustice, anger and violence. I enjoyed the breathlessness and the imagery, and the way disparate strands were brought together to wea...

  • Sarah

    This was an interesting idea - a rewriting/reimagined history combining the female Newark workers affected by radiation in the early 1900s, and the electrocution of an elephant in Coney Island which t...