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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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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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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 A time of desperation and optimism .... October 14, 2014
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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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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 3 days ago by Kiki
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 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thought it well written and interesting
Published 11 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 11 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 15 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 17 days ago by Linda Rae Williams
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 23 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 24 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 25 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 1 month ago by Valerie Lester
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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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