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A Death-Struck Year Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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In September 1918, most people living on the West Coast thought they were safe because the worst outbreaks were on the East Coast. Then a trainload of soldiers from Boston arrived in Washington state. In no time, residents of Washington and Oregon started falling ill.
In "A Death-Struck Year," 17-year-old Cleo Berry is entering her last year of high school and thinking about what she is going to do with her life. Her parents are dead, so she lives with her older brother and his wife in Portland, Oregon. When the couple go on an anniversary trip to San Francisco, Cleo is left in the house with the servants and told to keep herself safe. That turns out to be harder than anyone imagined.
When Cleo's school, along with all private and public schools, churches and other gathering places, are ordered closed to prevent the spread of infection, Cleo goes home. The housekeeper is visiting her family out of town and, fearful of the infection, chooses to stay away. Cleo, left on her own, winds up helping in a makeshift hospital set up in the city's new symphony hall. There, she encounters a host of dedicated medical personnel and volunteers, among them a young medical student named Edmund Parrish.
The book follows Cleo and the others thorough the harrowing weeks and months of fall 1918 and early 1919, as they struggle to keep stricken adults and children alive. Medical supplies and personnel are stretched to the limit.
This is a serious novel about a serious topic.Read more ›
Cleo is almost 18 years old. Her parents died when their carriage had an accident when she was a small child. Cleo had to leave on foot and find help because no one would find them if she didn't. She is now under the care of her older brother,Jack, and sister in-law. Jack’s anniversary comes up and He sends her to stay in the dorms of her school while he and his wife go celebrate their anniversary.
While away, everything starts to be quarantined and shut down until further notice because of the flu. Cleo decides to go home, but since her brother isn’t in town to pick her up as the school requested, she sneaks out. She ventures out and volunteers with the Red Cross. She goes to homes to make sure people have masks and information about the flu and find people who have no one to take care of them. She finds some people and takes them to a make shift hospital set up at the auditorium. At times, she wants to quit. It was overwhelming the people dead and dying and what she learns. She makes friends. She meets Edmund who is working hard to save their lives and he cares for Cleo. He is the love interest.
There is a lot of pain and suffering and hope and loss. But I really liked that she was dedicated and worried. But you could also tell she was in shock often.She sees death and dying all around her and it is overwhelming. Like it was really all some horrible nightmare.
The medical part made me glad that I wasn’t a nurse back then. I have seen people die of the flu before but not like this. It is a story that sucked me in until the very last word.
This novel is told from the point of view of Cleo Berry, a seventeen-year-old student of a girls' school in Portland. This school serves both day and boarding students; Cleo normally lives at home with her older brother and sister-in-law, but they are going away on a trip, and have even given the housekeeper leave.
The flu strikes during this period. Churches, theaters, even schools, are shut down for the duration. The girls at Cleo's school who are day students or live nearby are sent home; the more distant boarders are confined to the campus.
Of course, Cleo really isn't supposed to be home alone, but she leaves campus and goes home. She learns that the Red Cross is in desperate need of help of all kinds. She can drive a car, so she goes to the auditorium and volunteers.
The city of Portland is in survival mode, with strict regulations. Even so much as a sneeze could lead to expulsion from a public place. Many times, Cleo is close to giving up, but she thinks, "If not me, then who?" and carries on until she herself falls ill. During the time she can help, a romance kindles between her and a young medical student. Perhaps even more important, Cleo, who, before the epidemic was unsure of who she was and what she wanted to do with her life after she finished school, has now found direction and purpose.
This is a fictionalized account of the time that the Spanish flu struck Portland, but it is well-researched.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a well researched and readable book, I have recommended it to others.Published 5 months ago by billie kaiser
This is a well-written historical novel that proves that history can be entertaining, enlightening and even moving. The characters were well-developed and the heroine was engaging. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nuria from Guate
I wasn't going to read this but then I gave in one night and did so. And well Im so glad I gave this book a chance. This book was so good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jessica Porter
Short and slightly unsatisfying. "A Death-Struck 4 Months" more like. You go from day-to-day chapters from end of September through October and then BAM you're in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elyse
Wonderfully written and thoroughly engaging. I found myself transported. I would highly recommend this book. It's a quick read, a perfect summer book.Published 12 months ago by J Whippy
An excellent story depicting the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918. The characters are well developed, the story moves quickly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bobbi
Amazing, riveting & educational tale about one of my favorite periods of time with little known facts about the GREAT influenza outbreak in Portland, Oregon........Published 13 months ago by Karen L. Lucier
Easy to read, and full of surprises. It gets you sucked up into Cleo's life, and you will cry with her! An excellent choice for young adult historical fiction! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chrystal Nichols
Originally reviewed at: http://www.shaelit.com/2014/03/review-a-death-struck-year-by-makiia-lucier/
I’m ashamed to say that I knew very little about the Spanish Flu... Read more