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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Radium Girl


by (author) Sofi Papamarko

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2021
Short Stories (single author), Literary, Magical Realism
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    Publish Date
    May 2021
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    Publish Date
    May 2021
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Radium Girl is a collection full of dark wonder where Sofi Papamarko explores the boundaries of love, death, loneliness and justice. In these twelve deft stories, we are introduced to a cast of unforgettable characters: Margie and Lu, teenaged conjoined twins; Rosie who cruises funerals; Pete the predatory magician; the subconscious mind of Marie Curie; Elda the Radium Girl and many more. These are magical stories; they twist and turn in unexpected ways, leaving the reader sometimes shocked, sometimes delighted and often breathless. With pitch-perfect writing, Papamarko shows us how human beings cope, break and triumph in the face of often unbearable circumstances.

About the author

Sofi Papamarko is a former regular columnist for the Toronto Star, Sun Media Newspapers and Metro Canada. She's also written for the Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, Flare, CBC, Reader's Digest, Salon, Exclaim! and many other publications, both living and dead. Her short stories have appeared in Taddle Creek, Maisonneuve, Room and the Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto with her partner and his son.


Sofi Papamarko's profile page


  • Short-listed, Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Speculative Fiction
  • Short-listed, ReLit Award for Short Fiction
  • Winner, Foreword INDIES Award for Short Stories

Editorial Reviews

"Papamarko’s writing is complex and fascinating. She draws the reader in with each story and leads them along a twisting path past pregnancy, baking competitions, funerals, and many other events — to a truly brilliant finale."

The Ormsby Review

"Easy and engrossing, the short stories of Radium Girl provoke unease and careful thought about diverse human experiences."

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