Mary Beth Keane's
Fever is a hit with BookBrowse readers. 22 out of 23 reviewers gave it 4 or 5 stars! Here is what they say about the book that puts a real face to the name Typhoid Mary:
Heart wrenching and dark but I was unable to put the book down. Amidst the churning and changing of bustling New York City Mary is trying to find understanding and meaning and some element of peace in a world where she unwittingly has become an angel of death (Paul R). This novel is the story of a 2-fold love Mary's love of cooking and her love of ne'er-do-well Alfred, her long-time companion. This fictionalized account of Mary depicts her as a strong immigrant woman who battled for a better life for herself (Kathleen S). The book Fever
and the character Mary are both unforgettable (Jean N).
Keane doesn't hesitate to make...
Beyond the Book
Typhoid Fever is a life threatening illness caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi
. Approximately 400 cases are found in the US per year (mostly due to traveling) but it is prevalent in the developing world where a staggering 21.5 million people are infected per year, and 200,000 of those people die. Here is a short history of its origins, symptoms, and prevention.
History of Typhoid
Between 430-424 BC an unidentified plague killed a full one third of the population of Athens. Among those who died was the the great general, orator and statesman, Pericles, the defacto leader of...