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Lazaretto - A Novel

Diane McKinney-Whetstone

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 nineteenth-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.

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 nineteenth-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.
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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 nineteenth-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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adenrele Ojo

Length:

12h 31m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:35


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

39:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

51:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

33:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

21:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

32:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

55:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

17:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:58