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Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Autor/a de Tumbling

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Obres de Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Tumbling (1996) 266 exemplars
Leaving Cecil Street (2004) 129 exemplars
Blues Dancing (1999) 123 exemplars
Tempest Rising (1998) 115 exemplars
Lazaretto (2016) 101 exemplars
Trading Dreams at Midnight (2008) 82 exemplars
Our Gen: A Novel (2022) 19 exemplars

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FROM BOOKLIST - STARRED REVIEW: “Vibrant. Completely engaging. A unique blend of poetic language and graphic depictions of the injustices suffered by African Americans in the post-Civil War period.

FROM AMAZON: Lazaretto, begins in the chaotic back streets of post-Civil War Philadelphia as a young black woman, Meda, 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 arranges 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. Here conflicts escalate, lies collapse, and secrets begin to surface. Like dead men rising, past sins cannot be contained.
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Gmomaj | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Mar 22, 2023 |
This book opened with an engrossing scene - a mother giving birth and then lied to about the fate of her child - and then the story seemed to meander before coming together again towards the end. I struggled with the middle and while I appreciated the conclusion (and one of the revelations towards the end), something about this novel just didn't work for me.
wagner.sarah35 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Aug 26, 2022 |
I started this book yesterday afternoon, and simply couldn't stop reading it. It is amazing! If you enjoy character-driven stories that make you feel like you're living the story, not just reading about it, I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. Just make sure you have some time, as I don't think you'll want to put it down, either :)
hopeevey | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 19, 2018 |
Location is most important in Lazaretto by Diane-Whetstone. Also, the unique way of remembering President Abraham Lincoln's death. Birth and death and just the chaotic days of a life will speed you through the pages.
Topazshell | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Apr 9, 2017 |



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