Across a broken shore

by Trueblood, Amy,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Northland Public Library Teen Paperbacks P/TEEN TRU
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Paperbacks
Call Number  P/TEEN TRU
The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina "Willa" MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It's 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish-Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows--but Willa's found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco's Richmond District. Keeping secrets from her family only becomes more complicated when Willa agrees to help the doctor at a field hospital near the new bridge being built over the Golden Gate. Willa thinks she can handle her new chaotic life, but as she draws closer to a dashing young ironworker and risks grow at the bridge, she discovers that hiding from what she truly wants may be her biggest lie of all.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although Willa, 18, promised her parents she would become a nun after graduating high school, her true passion is medicine. But she is living in San Francisco during the Depression, and although her family's pub is doing well enough, Willa knows her parents wouldn't pay for their daughter to attend medical school. A serious injury to one of her brothers brings her to Dr. Winston, a woman doctor recently established in the area, and Willa impresses the doctor with her cool, calm demeanor. She offers Willa the opportunity to work with her, and Willa accepts, even thought she'll have to keep it a secret and eventually join the convent anyway. This gets more difficult as her days are filled assisting Dr. Winston both at her office and at the field hospital for the workers building the Golden Gate bridge. Willa's first-person narrative is sometimes a bit slow, and some of the characters are sharper and better developed than others, but the history of the bridge, women in medicine, and family life will have great appeal.--Donna Scanlon Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Physicians -- Fiction.
Sex role -- Fiction.
Families -- California -- San Francisco -- Fiction.
Irish Americans -- Fiction.
Catholics -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Family life -- California -- San Francisco -- Fiction.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Design and construction -- Fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Young adult literature.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Mendota Heights, Minnesota :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 343 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781635830422
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