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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)
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  • Language: English
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18 of 21 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
By Karen
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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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I picked this up, thinking I might learn something new, something historical. I don't like giving bad reviews... but this was bad.....


What I found was a story glamorizing a sickening disease. Graphic descriptions of puking bloody mucous, suffering. Then to top it off making adultery seem romantic. A 15 year old giving away her virginity as a "gift" to a suffering dying boy, sex out of wedlock. I think the date-time period should have been 1970. Was I really reading about the 1880's?? Fund raising fairs with face painting for children??? The ignorance of letting the terribly diseased people mingle and shop and eat in glamorous restraints with healthy people. Let's get real. They may not have known how the disease was spread, but no one knowing whole households of people were dying would go to those houses if they had common sense.

Oh yes, let's not leave out the fact that all the right people had more money than they knew what to do with. So everyone seemed to get houses to live in as gifts. There was no real character development. Shallow relationships. An absentee father giving a daughter and the wife he abandoned a beautiful home? This is not real life.

Even the suffering was keyed down. I personally knew people with TB, it was not pretty, or glamorous. One died a terrible sickening death.

Just far too unrealistic.

The story kept me reading, only to find out what happened. But huge gaps in time were skipped. Then the book changed half way through, being told through the eyes of different characters. This was confusing, I found myself back tracking trying to find out who was talking and what I missed. This book was all over the place.

Some characters were never heard from again. Talk about frustrating.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very easy to follow. Interesting
Published 1 day ago by MamaSher
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was an interesting book. Julie did a nice job of developing the characters and the feelings they each encountered as they dealt with illness, change and sometimes death. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical read!
Most mothers would do anything for their children including put their own lives at risk if their children were sick. Read more
Published 3 days ago by JILL DURHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend This Book!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. At the beginning, this seemed like it would be a rather depressing book. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kiki
4.0 out of 5 stars A time of desperation and optimism ....
Julie Dewey's novel, "One Thousand Porches" really held my interest on several different levels. Having lived in upstate New York for a time, I could easily relate to descriptions... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
I really loved this book. I received the book in exchange for a honest opinion. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thought it well written and interesting
Published 16 days ago by Sheila Cody
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A story of how many people suffered through the trials and tribulations of TB.
Published 16 days ago by Sarah Kapla
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
I have never read a story so full of loss and hope that made you feel so blessed at the end. It was a truly eye opening story.
Published 20 days ago by Leanne
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting history
This is an unusual story, focusing on a time more than a century ago, when tuberculosis was a scourge. The characters are engaging and seem real. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Linda Rae Williams
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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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