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One Thousand Porches [Kindle Edition]

Julie Dewey
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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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JWCD Press (October 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GB1OSSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Thousand Porches November 3, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an EXCEPTIONALLY good story. October 27, 2014
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This book didn't immediately "grab" me. I find that's true of many books. I get through 20% of the book, and ask myself, "Why am I wasting my time on this? I'm not particularly enjoying it," and I close the book, never to open it again.

At the 20% point, I asked myself why I was reading the book, and told myself "Well, it's not *that* bad" and I kept reading out of inertia, and because I didn't want to open another book on me "to read" pile, only to find it to be far worse. The thing is, as I get father and farther along in an unsatisfactory book, I am more and more likely to trash it and move on. As I got deeper and deeper into this book, however, I grew more and more enrapt, and when I reached the end, I wished there were another dozen chapters to read.

The cover says it's a novel, but it appears to be a historical novel, and I'd like to read the autobiography of the founder of the Sans. The story says one person in seven died of tuberculosis at that time, and lungers were shunned, which makes this book highly relevant as we flit from one threat of pandemic to another. Worldwide, since the 1980s, there have been 5,000 who have died of Ebola, including one, count 'em, one, one on US soil, which means an American is more likely to have been married by Kim Kardashian than die of Ebola. More than 5000 people die of Lassa, another hemorrhagic fever, every year. But people in Saranac didn't fret about the "white plague", and those with TB were free to shop in stores, dine in restaurants, etc., with nobody batting an eye. One in seven is a LOT of people dying!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A time of desperation and optimism .... October 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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 of the bracing climate and small town life in the Adirondack Mountains. My family history identifies a great-aunt, living in New York, who died in her early teens, of what was then called "consumption".

The very frightening polio epidemic of the 50's touched our family thru the illness and life-long resulting handicaps of one of my aunts and of my paternal grandmother. My elementary school participated in the trials of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine and I vividly remember the speculation as to whether I got the actual vaccine or was in the placebo group. As a six year old, I also recall watching all of my toys and dolls being bagged and disposed of because a child who came to our house was diagnosed with polio a few weeks after playing with my things.

Ms Dewey skillfully recreates the prevailing climate of fear, and clearly describes the obstacles that had to be overcome while coping with a little understood communicable disease. I enjoyed the fact that she used the first person approach with her characters, affording the reader with multiple viewpoints. Additionally, she has done a thorough job of researching the science of Tuberculosis and I learned much more about the disease. The spirit of optimism shown by many of the patients was an inspiring thread that ran throughout the story line. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, and I'm happy to recommend this well written novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Historical and enjoyable.
Published 1 day ago by CES
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reading....
Published 6 days ago by BMiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
An informative, entertaining, and heartwarming story of life and death in the world of th. We'll written and memorable in style and scope!
Published 10 days ago by carolyn slotten
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting historical novel about TB and its consequences.
Very interesting historical topic about tuberculosis. Things I never realized. Introduces a great humanitarian doctor and people who worked with him. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Joy Kramer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read, love the vivid images and characters
Published 21 days ago by cynthia
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and informative
An easy read and I learned so much about people who were affected by tuberculosis. Great characters that we got to know and love.
Published 26 days ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful story in a terrible situation that people from that era had to live with
Published 29 days ago by Christine Sobieski
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This is an interesting book about the consumption epidemic that doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Many families were changed forever because of this disease. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Cannaday
2.0 out of 5 stars one thousandorches
The tone of this book is a bit strange. It seems sterile or something. It is written in first person by each of several characters whose lives intertwine. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and inforative. remember visiting a friend at ...
Very interesting and inforative. remember visiting a friend at a TB san. thankful we don't hear about it anymore.
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Julie Dewey is a novelist residing in Central New York with her family. Julie selects book topics that are little known nuggets of U.S. history and sheds light on them so that the reader not only gets an intriguing storyline but learns a little something too.

Julie's daughter is a Nashville crooner and her son is a student. Her husband's blue eyes had her at hello and her motto is, "Life is too short to be Little!"

In addition to reading, researching, and writing, Julie has many hobbies that include jewelry design, decorating, walking her favorite four legged friends, Wells and Hershey, and spending time with her triplet nephews.

Her works include Forgetting Tabitha: the Story of an Orphan Train Rider, The Back Building, One Thousand Porches, The Other Side of the Fence, and Cat (the Livin' Large Series). To follow Julie visit www.juliedewey.com and sign up to get regular updates and reading guides.


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