A spirited group biography ... Illuminates the particular challenges the groundbreakers faced ... One gets the sense that the author is intent on remaining upbeat ... Still, the impulse to be celebratory is understandable, not least because the women took such obvious pride and pleasure in their work.
Grush skillfully weaves a story that, at its heart, is about desire: not a nation’s desire to conquer space, but the longing of six women to reach heights that were forbidden to them ... A six-pronged biography is necessarily sweeping rather than intimate, and it’s hard not to want to know more about each woman’s motivations and hesitations. Grush’s richly researched account shines when she can offer those insights ... She resists the urge to put the Six on a pedestal, and avoids Hollywoodizing their relationships with one another ... The day-to-day work of the astronauts — surprisingly mundane — makes for fascinating reading.