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A Tale of the Mess Their Elders Left Behind

Yellowcake by Ann Cummins

Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp
Christian Science Monitor

"Radiation poisoning doesn't automatically spring to mind when one says the words 'family drama.' (Postapocalyptic science fiction? Sure. Episodes of 24? Yep. Graphic novels about superheroes? Absolutely.) But Ann Cummins (Red Ant House) isn't using radiation to mutate her characters or get readers' adrenalin going. In her smart, deftly written Southwestern novel, the poisoning happened decades ago: In the 1950s and '60s, Navajo families were hired to work the uranium mill at Shiprock, N.M., raking yellowcake, as one character puts it, 'in open pans. Steam heated pans.'... Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review.

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