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The Resource Lazaretto : a novel, Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Lazaretto : a novel, Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Label
Lazaretto : a novel
Title
Lazaretto
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Diane McKinney-Whetstone's nationally bestselling novel, Tumbling, immersed us into Philadelphia's black community during the Civil Rights era, and she returns to the city in this new historical novel about a cast of nineteenth-century characters whose colorful lives intersect at the legendary Lazaretto--America's first quarantine hospital. Isolated on an island where two rivers meet, the Lazaretto quarantine hospital is the first stop for immigrants who wish to begin new lives in Philadelphia. The Lazaretto's black live-in staff forge a strong social community, and when one of them receives permission to get married on the island the mood is one of celebration, particularly since the white staff--save the opium-addicted doctor--are given leave for the weekend. On the eve of the ceremony, a gunshot rings out across the river. A white man has fired at a boat carrying the couple's friends and family to the island, and the captain is injured. His life lies in the hands of Sylvia, the Lazaretto's head nurse, who is shocked to realize she knows the patient. Intertwined with the drama unfolding at the Lazaretto are the fates of orphan brothers. When one brother commits a crime to protect the other, he imperils both of their lives--and the consequences ultimately deliver both of them to the Lazaretto. In this masterful work of historical fiction, Diane McKinney-Whetstone seamlessly transports us to Philadelphia in the aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination, beautifully evoking powerful stories of love, friendship and humanity amid the vibrant black community that flourished amid the troubled times
Summary
On the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, 14-year-old midwife's apprentice Sylvia assists Meda, a black maid pregnant by her white employer, a prominent lawyer. After Meda's delivery, he claims the newborn and orders Sylvia to tell Meda that the baby has died. In the years that follow, a grief-stricken Meda dedicates her life to helping orphans, while guilt-ridden Sylvia becomes a nurse and finds a position at Philadelphia's Lazaretto quarantine hospital. But their paths are fated to cross again, as tragedy strikes Philadelphia's African American community. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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Tone
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Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10471054
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3563.C3825
LC item number
L39 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Lazaretto : a novel, Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn913573084
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9780062126962
Lccn
2015025011
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025968823
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a1263308
  • (OCoLC)913573084
Label
Lazaretto : a novel, Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn913573084
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9780062126962
Lccn
2015025011
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025968823
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a1263308
  • (OCoLC)913573084

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