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One Thousand Porches [Kindle Edition]

Julie Dewey
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Book Description

Set in the majestic yet untamed Adirondack Mountains of New York more than a century ago, an extraordinary story unfolds about a little known town called Saranac Lake. The town is home to a man with a disease known as consumption, white plague, or as some called it, the red death. It is here that Doctor Edward Livingston Trudeau finds a hopeful cure for tuberculosis in the form of open air.
Trudeau’s patients vary in age, gender, class, and race, but they have one thing in common. They must all choose to embrace life, even in the face of death, if they wish to heal at the sanitarium.
Christine, a woman at the helm of her family, has already lost two children to the dreaded plague. But when her daughter, Collette, contracts the disease, she is determined to keep her alive. Venturing into unknown territory, Christine risks her own health and that of her unborn child, as well as her marriage, to help her daughter seek a cure that to many is absurd. Christine embarks upon a life-changing journey as she moves from caregiver to patient. In the face of adversity she must find the courage to sustain herself.
When Lena, a factory worker and mother of three, begins coughing up blood she is faced with a decision no mother wants to make. She either stays with her family and risks her own death, or leaves her loved ones behind while she goes off in hope of a cure at the 'Sans'.
Big Joe, once a strong man for a traveling circus, seeks a quiet place to live out his final days in hiding. When he is sent to the Sanitarium, he is terrified to learn he will be housed with fellow circus performers for he is a hunted man. Gaunt and thin, he can only hope no one from his past recognizes him in his current state.
Little Amy, a six year old child, must care for her entire family of seven, all whom are afflicted with different forms of plague. When she is diagnosed with a very rare form herself, she is sent to the Sanitarium and put under the care of Dr. Trudeau. Alone and afraid, Amy faces her fears and allows herself to dream of a future.
With a cast of characters so vivid, One Thousand Porches is a heart warming and engaging story that will instill hope and faith in even the most pessimistic reader.

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  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492315834
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JWCD Press (October 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Thousand Porches November 3, 2013
I usually spend a bit of time considering any given title before accepting it for review, but I bypassed that step with One Thousand Porches. I didn't do so intentionally or anything, it just sort of played out like that scene in Jerry Maguire. Author Julie Dewey was throwing me a wonderful pitch and all I could think was "you had me at TB sanitarium." True story folks, you can ask her.

Now tuberculosis is pretty common fair in the world of historic fiction. Off the top of my head, the disease claims Ruby Gillis in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of the Island, Harriet in Caroline B. Cooney's Out of Time, Fantine in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, Bessy in North and South, and Helen Burns in Jane Eyre. Most authors use it as a plot device, but Dewey actually created an entire story around it, detailing both the physical and mental toll it wrought on the infected and the effort to bring those individuals relief prior to the discovery of streptomycin. In short, Dewey gives a face to the disease and offers readers a deeper understanding of its unpredictable and fickle nature.

The thing I love most about this piece is that Dewey tells it through the eyes of several characters, individuals who either live at or are related to residents of the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium at Saranac Lake. It is true that multiple points of view can be confusing, but I think this is one of those rare cases in which the format actually enhanced the telling. There are a lot of misconceptions about tuberculosis and seeing the different strains of the disease affect people from various walks of life both, directly and indirectly, gave One Thousand Porches a really well-rounded and complete feel.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with great history! January 12, 2014
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Living in the Adirondacks, I had always heard rumblings of how people with TB use to come get the "mountain air" but never the story about how that all occurred. This novel brings the history of the healing Adirondacks into a lovely story. The history was fascinating, the story was wonderful and the writing was superb. Another great read by Julie Dewey!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fell in love with the characters! November 20, 2013
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I just finished reading One Thousand Porches. I fell in love with the characters in this book. Julie Dewey writes about Tuberculosis and the Adirondack Sanitariums. Through developing the stories of her characters you learn a lot about TB and its effects on people from all different backgrounds. I live in the Adirondacks, I now can't wait to take a trip to Saranac Lake to see where the story takes place. Great story from a great author! I can't wait for her to write another book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't work for me April 21, 2014
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Julie Dewey generously sent me an electronic copy of this book after I reviewed her previous novel, Forgetting Tabitha. In that review, I had expressed my concern about the editing of the book--that there were so many grammatical and historical errors. While these do still appear in One Thousand Porches, there are far fewer of them.

However, I had other issues with this book. The book has several different narrators and, frankly, I'm not sure why that is. I felt that this constantly switching voice was keeping me from really getting into this book. I wish she had streamlined things more and stuck to one or two story lines. If she wanted to use multiple points of view, I wish she had chosen fewer characters--such as just Christine and Colette. As it was, it was sometimes confusing to switch between the characters and I had to continually remind myself who was speaking. I also felt that some of the characters didn't need their own sections. Lena, for example, only really appears in the chapters she tells and then disappears. Big Joe really only needed to be a character in Christine's narration as his chapters felt superfluous.

Dewey includes a great deal of medical information, which I appreciated. I know very little about tuberculosis or how it was treated in the 19th century. However, I wish she had massaged these sections more into the book. As it is written, it seems like all of a sudden the book turns into a medical text for a few pages and then reverts back to being a novel.

There were parts of the story that I found hard to believe--most notably Christine's relationship with her first husband and Amy's relationship with Daniel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great read for me February 24, 2014
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I have to admit I read quite a lot of this kindle book hoping that it would take off, then I just had to stop because it just felt like it was going nowhere, so I stopped reading it and deleted it from my kindle
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Dewey impresses again! November 4, 2013
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Julie Dewey loves history...that is clear!!! And,as in her first book about the orphan trains of old, she has again chosen to write about a time in our past that few remember. She writes about tuberculosis, and shows us that TB did not discriminate! She introduces us to a cast of characters from all walks of life, from the very wealthy, the poor and indigent, to everything in between. This is a warm story about people making the best of their circumstances after they are torn away from their homes and families!! Because I live in New York state, I was particularly intrigued. I feel a visit to Saranac Lake and surrounding areas need to be on my "bucket list"! I also love that Julie Dewey wove her own personal history into the story, with the introduction of LENA!!! As per her dedication, Lena was her great Grandmother!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and a Good Real
Really enjoyed this book. I found it entertaining, educational and well written. An easy read
Published 3 days ago by B. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Really enjoyed the read. Very informative yet was written into the sort. I would recommend the book to anyone. Enjoy!
Published 4 days ago by Tama
5.0 out of 5 stars what a horrible disease!
This book is very well thought out, very well written. It chronicles the disease of tuberculosis in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Read more
Published 5 days ago by marie alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I am from Northern New York. I really enjoyed this book.
Published 19 days ago by Valerie Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book; it was informative as well as having interesting characters in the story.
Published 1 month ago by Dotty Hannacker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Fiction--be prepared with tissues, though...
I really enjoyed this book--partly because so many towns in this book, even before getting to Saranac Lake, were towns I was very familiar with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Reader in Malone
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea for a book
This book gave an interesting historical perspective about the scourge TB once was and the isolation of the San itariums but the story seemed to amble and go nowhere soon after the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lisbeth
5.0 out of 5 stars One Thousand Porches
I really liked One Thousand Porches. I liked meeting a variety of characters. Looking forward to more by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Amy C
5.0 out of 5 stars highly entertaining
I loved this book! The mix of person to person story lines and the factual background made it hard to put down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LG
4.0 out of 5 stars an important subject
The most important aspect of this book is, in my estimation, the information about the large number of TB cases in our country in the 1800's, the effect of the disease on families,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. Turner
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Julie Dewey is a novelist living in Central New York with her family. Her daughter is a Nashville crooner and her son is a boxer, her husband is an all around fabulous guy with gorgeous blue eyes that had her at first glance.

Julie enjoys anything creative, she loves to make jewelry and is passionate about gemstones. When she isn't writing, she can be found in her office decoupaging, stamping, knitting, working with metal, or scrapping.

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