200 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-26-8
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.
“The stories in Radium Girl are majestic, thought-provoking worlds unto themselves, full of wit, humour, big ideas and superlative writing. If there’s any justice in the world, Sofi Papamarko’s brilliant creations will find a wide, dare I say viral, audience not only amongst aficionados of the short story form, but readers of all stripes.”
– Andrew David MacDonald, author of When We Were Vikings
“So many of these stories lingered with me, whispering in my ear long after I’d finished reading them. They unsettled and alarmed me. Some characters in Radium Girl are trapped in unbearable circumstances. Others say or do upsetting things, or think disturbing thoughts. But Sofi Papamarko has an enormous heart, so she manages – skillfully, tenderly, magically, and with fierce humour – to reveal the deep, yearning humanity in everyone within these pages.”
– Jessica Westhead, author of Worry and Things Not to Do
“Sofi Papamarko is a brilliant observer of her world.”
– Dennis Bock, author of Going Home Again and The Ash Garden
31 Days of Stories 2021, Day 19: “Radium Girl” by Sofi Papamarko (Steven W. Beattie, That Shakespearean Rag, 19/05/2021)
"Papamarko’s story is a kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy about a radium factory worker who watches her colleagues get horribly sick while she herself grows stronger and more powerful."
RADIUM GIRL (Tanisha Rule, Foreword Reviews, May/June 2021)
"Easy and engrossing, the short stories of Radium Girl provoke unease and careful thought about diverse human experiences."
"Their Story is Already Complete" Sofi Papamarko on Commitment in Short Fiction and Writing the Outsider (Open Book, 08/06/2021)
Sofi talks about how and why "Radium Girl" became the collection's title story, what the very different characters in each of her stories have in common with each other and how she researched the real-life counterparts who inspired her characters.
12 or 20 (second series) questions with Sofi Papamarko (rob mclennan's blog, 02/06/2021)
"I'm a bit of a commitment-phobe when it comes to writing, so short stories have been my comfort zone."
Cooking with Off/Kilter Volume 2 (All Lit Up, 09/06/2021)
Sofi's collection of stories is featured in the Off/Kilter kitchen, where All Lit Up is cooking up a batch of recommendations for those with discerning tastes that lean towards the slightly strange.
Do-Lit-Yourself: Spring Nails Edition (All Lit Up, 03/06/2021)
Sofi's collection of stories is featured on this round-up of literary-inspired nail art!
Short is sweet: Radium Girl author Sofi Papamarko shares her favourite Toronto short-story collections (Sofi Papamarko, the Toronto Star, 16/05/2021)
"Toronto is a great city for short-story writers — and writers in general — because just about anything can happen here." Sofi shares her favourite short story collections set in Toronto.
She Blinded Me With Science (Krista Foss, 49th Shelf, 03/29/2021)
Sofi's collection is included on this list of books featuring women in STEM.
58 Canadian works of fiction coming out in spring 2021 (CBC Books, 02/02/2021)
Sofi's short story collection makes the CBC's list of 58 Canadian works of fiction coming out in spring 2021.
2021 Spring Preview: Fiction (Quill & Quire, 11/01/2021)
Sofi's book is mentioned in Quill & Quire's Spring Preview
Most Anticipated: Our 2021 Spring Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 07/01/2021)
Sofi's short story collection is one of 49th Shelf's most anticipated!
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.