One Thousand Porches

One Thousand Porches

by Julie Dewey

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Overview

Greedy and impatient, tuberculosis, the nineteenth-century plague, relentlessly devoured its victims. With its bone-shivering fevers, delirium, and blood-engorged lungs, the “red death” indiscriminately killed thousands, leaving shattered and defeated families its wake.

Set in the majestic, untamed Adirondack Mountains of New York more than a century ago, an extraordinary story unfolds about the little-known town of Saranac Lake. The town is home to a man with tuberculosis, also known as consumption. It is here that he, Doctor Edward Livingston Trudeau, finds a hopeful cure for the disease that has destroyed so many lives.

While Trudeau’s patients vary in age, class, and race, they have one thing in common; all choose to embrace life, even in the face of death.

Christine has already lost two children to the dreaded plague. When her daughter, Collette, contracts the disease, she is determined to keep her alive. Venturing into unknown territory, Christine risks her health and marriage to help her daughter seek a cure.

When Lena, a factory worker and mother of three, begins coughing up blood, she faces a decision no mother wants to make. She either stays with her family and risks death, or leaves her loved ones while she goes off in hope of a cure.

Big Joe, once a strongman for a traveling circus, seeks a quiet place to live out his final days in hiding. A hunted man, Joe is terrified to learn he will be housed with the very people who could identify him.

Little Amy, a six-year-old child, must care for her family of seven, all afflicted with different forms of the disease. Once Amy is diagnosed with a very rare form, she is placed under Dr. Trudeau’s care. Alone and afraid, Amy faces her fears and dreams of a future.

With a cast of characters so vivid and remarkable, One Thousand Porches is a heart-warming, engaging story that will instill hope and faith in even the most pessimistic reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492315834
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
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Christine, 1885. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
ONE Pittsford, New York, 1885 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
TWO Spring 1886 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
THREE The Departure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
FOUR Summertime in Skaneateles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
FIVE Autumn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
SIX Saranac Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
SEVEN Baby Joe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
EIGHT Wintertime. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
NINE Spring at the Sans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Lena, Spring, 1887. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
TEN Cherry Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
ELEVEN Summer at the Sans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
TWELVE Festival Preparations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Big Joe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
THIRTEEN Autumn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
FOURTEEN Circus Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
FIFTEEN Love and Loss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Collette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
SIXTEEN Falling Leaves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
SEVENTEEN A New Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Amy, 1900. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
EIGHTEEN Amy on Her Own. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
NINETEEN Swinging High. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
TWENTY New York City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
TWENTY-ONE Finding Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
TWENTY-TWO Wedding Bells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
TWENTY-THREE Delicate Matters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
TWENTY-FOUR Blessings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Daniel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
TWENTY-FIVE The Magic Mountains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
TWENTY-SIX Celebration Is in Order. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Edward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
TWENTY-SEVEN Edward Livingston Trudeau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Photos from the Sans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
About the Author. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Book Group Questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
About the Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277

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One Thousand Porches 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous story. Written with passion and fire. Well researched. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  My honest review is...5 stars. Exceptional! !!
allaboutbooksJD More than 1 year ago
excellent read, well researched and highly enjoyable