Lazaretto
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Lazaretto

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Diane McKinney-Whetstone’s nationally bestselling novel, Tumbling, immersed us into Philadelphia’s black community during the Civil Rights era, and she returns to the city in this new historical novel about a cast of 19th-century characters whose colorful lives intersect at the legendary Lazaretto—America’s first quarantine hospital.

Isolated on an island where two rivers meet, the Lazaretto quarantine hospital is the first stop for immigrants who wish to begin new lives in Philadelphia. The Lazaretto’s black live-in staff forge a strong social community, and when one of them receives permission to get married on the island the mood is one of celebration, particularly since the white staff—save the opium-addicted doctor—are given leave for the weekend. On the eve of the ceremony, a gunshot rings out across the river. A white man has fired at a boat carrying the couple’s friends and family to the island, and the captain is injured. His life lies in the hands of Sylvia, the Lazaretto’s head nurse, who is shocked to realize she knows the patient.

Intertwined with the drama unfolding at the Lazaretto are the fates of orphan brothers. When one brother commits a crime to protect the other, he imperils both of their lives—and the consequences ultimately deliver both of them to the Lazaretto.

In this masterful work of historical fiction, Diane McKinney-Whetstone seamlessly transports us to Philadelphia in the aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination, beautifully evoking powerful stories of love, friendship and humanity amid the vibrant black community that flourished amid the troubled times.

Title:Lazaretto
ISBN:0062126962
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

    Lazaretto Reviews

  • Diane S ?
    Sep 12, 2015

    Post Civil War, Philadelphia, on the evening of President Lincoln's assassination a few things will happen that will effect some of these characters but will remain a secret untold for decades. Relat...

  • Nakia
    May 01, 2016

    Loved every bit of this book. Diane McKinney-Whetstone is a master storyteller from beginning to end. I know it's a bit early in the year to call this my favorite read of 2016, so I'll just leave it a...

  • FreeFormLady
    Feb 19, 2016

    I absolutely enjoyed this book. Check out my thoughts in my YouTube videohttps://youtu.be/ZXGrXivdeO0...

  • Mirella
    May 10, 2016

    In the aftermath of the American civil war, on the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, two women whose paths cross briefly, are inadvertently linked for years. At the start of the story, a young...

  • Emily
    Jun 30, 2016

    So apparently my love for civil war-era novels is not all-encompassing, because even though this book seemed right up my alley I could not get engaged. The author seemed distracted by her own plot lin...

  • Emily
    Apr 12, 2016

    I love the way this author sets a scene; her description of a crowd of people sitting and talking and eating and playing cards tells you everything about their personalities and is full of historical ...

  • Brian TramueL
    Apr 30, 2016

    Favorite read of 2016. ...

  • Angela M
    Sep 15, 2015

    The quarantine hospital called Lazaretto, outside of Philadelphia just after the Civil War is the setting for the second half of this novel . It is the place where people's paths cross in a ways that ...

  • Wanda
    Sep 26, 2016

    26 SEP 2016 - spied on Eve's Instagram feed. I live about 1-1/2 hours from Philadelphia. I did not know about this. Fascinating. Thanks, Eve! ...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 02, 2017

    despite some flaws that really nagged at me, i did enjoy this book. i appreciated the characters and the setting/time. i loved the medical aspects of the story. i felt like characters could have devel...