Kate Moore tells the incredible true story of the girls who painted radium-dials during the 20th century. These girls were proud of the work they did and the money they made that allowed them to be independent.
During the 20th century, radium was considered one of the most beneficial chemicals in the world and the girls hired to paint radium-dials were admired by many.
However, many of the girls began to fall mysteriously ill and develop grotesque tumors. When some doctors thought radium was the culprit, the wealthy corporations pushed back and refused to help the girls.
The girls were not push-overs and decided to fight back. Together, they shed light on the negative impact of radium and their legacy continues to save lives to this day.
Kate Moore does a phenomenal job telling the story of the women who fought against greedy corporations and who stood bravely in the face authoritative pressure. I was inspired by their tenacity, even under extreme pain and duress; I am thankful Kate Moore chose to tell their story.
Ruta Sepetys once again delivers a story that interweaves historical events with unforgettable characters.
Ana Torres Moreno is a teenager growing up in Madrid, Spain during the 1950s under the rule of the fascist dictator, General Franco. She works as a maid in the Castellana Hilton Madrid so she can help support her family.
There, she meets Daniel Mattheson, an American who is staying in the luxurious hotel for the summer with his oil tycoon family. While sight-seeing, Daniel takes a picture that captures a Spain that Franco is desperate to hide from the world.
Together, Ana and Daniel have to overcome many obstacles brought on by class differences, culture clashes, and the repercussions of war.
Ruta Sepetys is a master at pulling her readers into her stories and The Fountains of Silence is no different; it’s a story inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain and one that captivated me.