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Fever - Mary Beth Keane
Fever
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Mary Beth Keane, named one of the 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation, has written a spectacularly bold and intriguing novel about the woman known as “Typhoid Mary,” the first person in America identified as a healthy carrier of Typhoid Fever. On the eve of the twentieth century, Mary... show more
Mary Beth Keane, named one of the 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation, has written a spectacularly bold and intriguing novel about the woman known as “Typhoid Mary,” the first person in America identified as a healthy carrier of Typhoid Fever. On the eve of the twentieth century, Mary Mallon emigrated from Ireland at age fifteen to make her way in New York City. Brave, headstrong, and dreaming of being a cook, she fought to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic-service ladder. Canny and enterprising, she worked her way to the kitchen, and discovered in herself the true talent of a chef. Sought after by New York aristocracy, and with an independence rare for a woman of the time, she seemed to have achieved the life she’d aimed for when she arrived in Castle Garden. Then one determined “medical engineer” noticed that she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked, and identified her as an “asymptomatic carrier” of Typhoid Fever. With this seemingly preposterous theory, he made Mallon a hunted woman. The Department of Health sent Mallon to North Brother Island, where she was kept in isolation from 1907 to 1910, then released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Yet for Mary—proud of her former status and passionate about cooking—the alternatives were abhorrent. She defied the edict. Bringing early-twentieth-century New York alive—the neighborhoods, the bars, the park carved out of upper Manhattan, the boat traffic, the mansions and sweatshops and emerging skyscrapers—Fever is an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the imagination of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes a fiercely compelling, dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable heroine.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451693416 (1451693419)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 306
Edition language: English
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2.0 Fever - Review
Well that was depressing. Realistic I imagine but depressing. It did not go where i was expecting or hoping. I'm not sure what I got out of this book except a renewed sense that people are retarted and have ab additive personalities?Maybe i was meant to take peice in the thought that no matter how m...
A Tale of Two Pages
A Tale of Two Pages rated it
4.0 Fever
** I won this as a Giveaway on Goodreads**Mary Mallon came to the America looking for a better life. What she got instead was a life-time of being sought after and hidden away from public view.Mary started out her life as a laundress and worked her way up to a cook. A few people got sick, even fewer...
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
4.0
"Fever" is the story of "Typhoid Mary" Mallon, who is believed to be one of the first asymptomatic carriers of what was, at the turn of the 20th Century, a deadly disease.The story begins with the death of a two-year-old child; Mary cooks for the family. All told, 23 people in families for whom Mary...
The Moth Eaten Shelf
The Moth Eaten Shelf rated it
1.0 Fever: A Novel
Thank goodness I did not waste good money on this book by buying it!Only 20 pages in and I am ready to abandon this book. I have read textbooks that are more interesting and written better. Here are two examples of the bad writing/editing (hardback edition):1. page 9 "When babies were born everyone ...
Maven Books
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2.0 Fever by Mary Beth Keane
The book started off pretty well, and the idea of seeing Typhoid Mary's everyday life, beyond just being able to spread disease, sounded interesting. Unfortunately, the book didn't really live up to my expectations, though I really tried to give it a chance.I think the biggest problem was that it d...
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