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. But on the eve of the ceremony, a white man fires a shot at a boat carrying the couple's friends and family to the island, and the captain is injured. 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.
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by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
by Mary Monroe
by Ashley Poston
by Jonathan Odell
by Minrose Gwin
by Sophfronia Scott
by Victoria Christopher Murray
"The story of Sylvia, first a midwife, then a nurse, opens with the birth of Meda's baby in 1865 Philadelphia and continues through her life at Lazaretto, the quarantine island for new immigrants. Adenrele Ojo narrates with precision. Each word, every sentence is enunciated with care, drawing out the story to echo in listeners' ears. As head nurse for Lazaretto's black community, Sylvia becomes entangled in the lives of Meda's adopted sons and past lovers. Ojo delivers the scenes with exquisite tones that include dialogue in dialect. This slow-moving story is filled with music and relationships that weave in and out of the black and white, poor and rich communities of post-Civil War Philadelphia. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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