A historical novel about a nurse who chooses to save a baby's life, and risks her own in the process, exploring the ties of motherhood and the little-known history of Coney Island and America's first incubators.
This moving debut showcases the power of storytelling behind historical fiction. Armstrong highlights the novelty, frustration, and strength of rebellious action behind a medical marvel we take for granted today.
Surreal but historically sound ... Armstrong has a strong subject here and wonderful characters whom every reader will admire and care for, even when some of their choices may seem strained. The context of the historical periods and how the culture of the time shaped their decisions and outcomes is wrought so carefully and in such a specific manner that you feel as if you are time traveling between chapters. The Light of Luna Park is not a flashy novel, gripping you in its thrall with wordplay or histrionic incidences ... Bravo to Addison Armstrong for such a beautiful and heartfelt paean to those in the medical world who used their talents and abilities to change the lives of people for good.