Lazaretto : a novel

by McKinney-Whetstone, Diane,

Format: Print Book [2016]
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Summary

This stunning new novel from Diane McKinney-Whetstone, nationally bestselling author of Tumbling, begins in the chaotic backstreets of post-Civil War Philadelphia as a young black woman gives birth to a child fathered by her wealthy white employer.

In a city riven by racial tension, the father's transgression is unforgivable. He has already arranged to take the baby, so it falls to Sylvia, the midwife's teenage apprentice, to tell Meda that her child is dead--a lie that will define the course of both women's lives. A devastated Meda dedicates herself to working in an orphanage and becomes a surrogate mother to two white boys; while Sylvia, fueled by her guilt, throws herself into her nursing studies and finds a post at the Lazaretto, the country's first quarantine hospital, situated near the Delaware River, just south of Philadelphia.

The Lazaretto is a crucible of life and death; sick passengers and corpses are quarantined here, but this is also the place where immigrants take their first steps toward the American dream. The live-in staff are mostly black Philadelphians, and when two of them arrange to marry, the city's black community prepares for a party on its grounds. But the celebration is plunged into chaos when gunshots ring out across the river.

As Sylvia races to save the victim, the fates of Meda's beloved orphans also converge on the Lazaretto. Long ago, one "brother" committed an unthinkable act to protect the other, sparking a chain of events that now puts the Lazaretto on lockdown. Here conflicts escalate, lies collapse, and secrets begin to surface; like dead men rising, past sins cannot be contained.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Opening in Philadelphia on the eve of Lincoln's assassination and ending over two decades later, McKinney-Whetstone's (Trading Dreams at Midnight, 2008) vibrant historical novel traces the lives of several intertwined families as they navigate the early years of Reconstruction. A young, black servant arrives at the midwife's too late for the abortion her white employer, the father of the child, had hoped for. She is told the baby died, but the midwife's assistant secretly spirits the infant boy away to a nearby orphanage, where another boy soon arrives. The two are raised as brothers, the bond between them growing ever stronger over the years as they endure mistreatment by both white superiors and blacks fueled by jealousy of their near-white appearance. The scene then shifts to Lazaretto, a hospital on an island near Philadelphia, where immigrants are quarantined. Mourning the loss of their surrogate mother and fleeing the wrath of the family of a man who abused them, the brothers reunite in the final pages of this latest of McKinney-Whetstone's completely engaging novels, a unique blend of poetic language and graphic depictions of the injustices suffered by African Americans in the post-Civil War period.--Donovan, Deborah Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Setting her book once again in her native city of Philadelphia, Pa., McKinney-Whetstone opens her sixth novel on the eve of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Meda, a beautiful young black woman, delivers the secret child of her employer, lawyer Tom Benin (who is white), at a medical office for clandestine services. After the baby is taken from her at birth, Sylvie, an apprentice to the midwife, lies and tells Meda her infant girl has died. Bereft and ungrounded, Meda seeks consolation by serving as a wet nurse to a pair of white newborn boys at a nearby orphanage, naming them Bram and Linc after the slain president she admired. Through a deal with Benin, Bram and Linc are able to stay with Meda on weekends and holidays. After cruelty and abuse from their employer forces the boys from Philadelphia, Meda and her family continue to treat them as their own. In the meantime, Sylvia has become a formidable and capable nurse at the city's island quarantine hospital, Lazaretto. When the boys return to the city in desperate circumstances, old paths eventually converge at the hospital. McKinney-Whetstone explores racial passing, class prejudice, the nature of family, and the longings of forbidden love, but the disjointed narratives often feel like two separate novels uncomfortably forced together. The emotional content is never allowed to rise above predictable contrivances of plot and unremarkable characterizations. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Quarantine -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2016]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 338 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062126962
0062126962
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