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Fever: A Novel (2013)

av Mary Beth Keane

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"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."--Dust jacket.… (mer)
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An engaging fictionalized account of the infamous Typhoid Mary. We find speculation about why she continued to work as a cook even after she had been identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever, as well as her life-long relationship with what some of her friends called an "unsuitable man." Well-written and hard to put down. ( )
  phyllis.shepherd | Mar 1, 2021 |
Historical fiction about Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary. The author focused on Mary without having a lot of source information. The result is a lot of invention including a major character, Albert. In the book he is presented as Mary's life partner, alcoholic, and addict.
Questions about public health and public interest vs. personal freedom arise, but they are not dealt with in a fulsome manner. ( )
  tangledthread | Feb 25, 2020 |
The famous story of Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, has captured our attention over the past century. Some of the most intriguing questions that her story conjures up are: Did Mary realize that she was spreading this deadly disease as those around her kept succumbing to it, even though she herself never got sick? How would it feel to be unwittingly responsible for causing the deaths of so many people? Fever, by Mary Beth Keane is a historical novel that richly portrays Mary as an atypical woman for her time, providing insight into her mind as she struggles to understand her role in the epidemic. Keane provides the reader a peek into the bleak existence of a lower class immigrant living in the early 20th century. Her version of Mary is flawed in many ways-proud and defiant despite her position in society. Building upon the existing archival information about Mary’s capture and quarantine, Keane imagines how a woman in her position would need to steel herself in order to survive the infamy and guilt she might have felt. Did Mary experience denial when faced with the charges against her? Did she acknowledge her role and forgive herself for the tragedies left in her wake? Or, did she knowingly and maliciously spread Typhoid to the wealthy New York families she worked for? Although the pacing lags a bit in the middle of the book when Mary is first confined, Fever is a nice character study and provides a realistic vision of a sad and difficult period in our history. ( )
  jnmegan | Jul 31, 2018 |
This was a very interesting historical fiction novel. I had familiar with the name Typhoid Mary but didn't know anything about how she spread typhoid. So I learned something in an interesting way!
  sarahjvigen | Mar 23, 2017 |
This is quite a good, realistic historical fiction novel and navigates all the complexities of the "Typhoid Mary" situation well. I certainly recommend it if you have any interest in turn-of-the-last-century New York, the "Typhoid Mary" situation, the story of immigrants in the early 20th century, or anything else of that nature. ( )
  Caitlin70433 | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Keane evokes the atmosphere of the bustling and booming New York of the time to life as she details both Mary’s day-to-day life and the work of “sanitation engineer” Dr. George Soper, who uses basic detective work and the scientific method to trace the infections back to her. It’s this “one-two punch” the makes the novel so compelling.
tillagd av KelMunger | ändraLit/Rant, Kel Munger (Jun 11, 2013)
 
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"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."--Dust jacket.

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