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The Last Town on Earth - Thomas Mullen
The Last Town on Earth
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Set against the backdrop of one of the most virulent epidemics that America ever experienced–the 1918 flu epidemic–Thomas Mullen’s powerful, sweeping first novel is a tale of morality in a time of upheaval.Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of the Pacific Northwest is a small mill town called... show more
Set against the backdrop of one of the most virulent epidemics that America ever experienced–the 1918 flu epidemic–Thomas Mullen’s powerful, sweeping first novel is a tale of morality in a time of upheaval.Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of the Pacific Northwest is a small mill town called Commonwealth, conceived as a haven for workers weary of exploitation. For Philip Worthy, the adopted son of the town’s founder, it is a haven in another sense–as the first place in his life he’s had a loving family to call his own.And yet, the ideals that define this outpost are being threatened from all sides. A world war is raging, and with the fear of spies rampant, the loyalty of all Americans is coming under scrutiny. Meanwhile, another shadow has fallen across the region in the form of a deadly illness striking down vast swaths of surrounding communities.When Commonwealth votes to quarantine itself against contagion, guards are posted at the single road leading in and out of town, and Philip Worthy is among them. He will be unlucky enough to be on duty when a cold, hungry, tired–and apparently ill–soldier presents himself at the town’s doorstep begging for sanctuary. The encounter that ensues, and the shots that are fired, will have deafening reverberations throughout Commonwealth, escalating until every human value–love, patriotism, community, family, friendship–not to mention the town’s very survival, is imperiled.Inspired by a little-known historical footnote regarding towns that quarantined themselves during the 1918 epidemic, The Last Town on Earth is a remarkably moving and accomplished debut.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812975925 (0812975928)
ASIN: 812975928
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it
3.0 The Last Town on Earth
This is the story of a fictional logging/milling town in Washington state that decides to quarantine itself from the influenza epidemic of 1918.Eh. The writing was fine, if a bit tedious, but it just didn't grab me for some reason. A lot of the action happens "off-screen," which lends a detached fee...
Rosie's Books
Rosie's Books rated it
A town trying to survive during the 1918 influenza outbreak. Gives insight into how a national epidemic will highlight the true character of people. How it will either unite or break a family or a community. Made me think of what I am capable of doing and to what lengths I would go to in order to sa...
Between The Bookends
Between The Bookends rated it
3.0 The Last Town on Earth
I thought I'd like this one more then I did. It was good, kept me interested, but I didn't really connect with any of the characters and thought they were a bit one dimensional.
Coffee Bean Bookshelf
Coffee Bean Bookshelf rated it
3.0
This was a very interesting story - set back near the end of World War I and during an epidemic of the Spanish influenza. A lot of the time I was irritated with the characters because of their "backwards" thinking, but then I realized that it was probably how they looked at things at that time - wi...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
3.0 The Last Town on Earth
This story takes place during a grim and volatile period in U.S. history, when many factors could turn neighbor against neighbor. While some were losing their sons in WWI, there was a large anti-war movement and many men refused to enlist. There was also great worker unrest and violence involving ...
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