Orphan Number Eight
A harrowing journey into the troubled life of an early 20th-century lesbian. In 1919, four-year-old Rachel Rabinowitz is placed in the Hebrew Infant Home where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research on the children. Dr. Solomon subjects Rachel to an experimental course of X-ray... show more
A harrowing journey into the troubled life of an early 20th-century lesbian.
In 1919, four-year-old Rachel Rabinowitz is placed in the Hebrew Infant Home where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research on the children. Dr. Solomon subjects Rachel to an experimental course of X-ray treatments that establish the doctor's reputation while risking the little girl's health.
Now it's 1954, and Rachel is a nurse in the hospice wing of the Old Hebrews Home when elderly Dr. Solomon becomes her patient. Realizing the power she holds over the helpless doctor, Rachel embarks on a dangerous experiment of her own design. Before the night shift ends, Rachel will be forced to choose between forgiveness and revenge.
Inspired by true events, Orphan #8 is a powerful novel about the human capacity to harm—and to love.
Publish date: 2015-08-04
Pages no: 381
Edition language: English
I stopped at page 100. I loved how it started - her childhood, how she ended up at the orphanage, and her experience there, but then it changed directions and I lost interest. Once the story changed to her adulthood and her nursing career, it got boring. Maybe it got interesting again and I missed i...
29/9 - This is very interesting, but a bit hard to read, thinking about doctors literally experimenting on disadvantaged children because it's interesting and because they can (due to the lack of a need for parental consent for orphans) is disturbing for me. The damage these X-rays do to the childre...
Orphan Number Eight, Kim van Alkemade, author, Andi Arndt, narrator Although the story begins in a tenement apartment in which a gentle, loving mother and wife, Visha, is forced to submit to her husband Harry’s inappropriate sexual demands, it swiftly moves to the abandonment of their two children,...
Orphan Number Eight presents a stunning backdrop of the evil horrors unveiled in the early years of medical experimentation with x-rays; devoid of morals, federal regulation, or any semblance of human dignity. How important it is to have fictional accounts of vitally important yet devastating conseq...
Orphan #8, the debut novel by Kim van Alkemade, illuminates horrific history about the use of orphaned children in scientific experiments. Through the eyes of Rachel Rabinowitz, the book documents the physical and emotional scars these children carried the rest of their lives. While I did not love t...