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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471112985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471112980
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Infectiously readable... --Elissa Schappell "Vanity Fair "

["Fever"] is fluent and confident Even if you aren t interested in the medical detective story, you ll enjoy the rich portrayal of work and class divisions at the turn of the 20th century. --Brigitte Frase "Minneapolis Star-Tribune "

Fans of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" will find stirring parallels in "Fever". Ultimately, this is a story that provokes a deeper understanding of the tenuous relationship between love, personal liberty and the common good. --W.S. Lyon "Bookpage "

[A] gripping historical novel Mary Beth Keane gives Mary her own voice, creating a richly sympathetic and provocative portrait of the very real person behind the pariah. --Caroline Leavitt "The San Francisco Chronicle ""

In Mary Beth Keane s wholly absorbing, deeply moving new novel, Mallon emerges as a woman of fierce intelligence and wrongheaded conviction Transforming a lived past into riveting fiction, Keane gives us a novel that thrums with life, and a heroine whose regrets, though entirely specific, feel utterly familiar. --Kate Tuttle "The Boston Globe ""

Keane continues to impress with Fever", her historical novel about Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary Keane resurrects New York City in all its teeming, sometimes seamy splendor. --Susan Grimm "Cleveland Plain-Dealer ""

Keane builds a sympathetic character the result is that, while we occasionally forget that Mary s disease is inherently linked with her fate, we never lose sight of her as an afflicted individual. --G. Clay Whittaker "The Daily Beast ""

[Keane] is a talented storyteller, her style plain and steady, not unlike Mary s demeanor. What s most remarkable about this novel is its brilliantly visceral vision of everyday life in early-1900s New York City, a rich and detailed working-class backdrop filled with the sights, sounds and smells of tenement squalor, overcrowded apartments, unsanitary conditions, sweatshops, and streets teaming with people trying to survive If you have an appetite for historical fiction, this novel could be infectious. --Don Oldenburg "USA Today ""

[A] tender, detailed portrayal of willed ignorance collapsing in the face of truth A fine novel. --Patrick McGrath "The New York Times Book Review ""

[Fever"] is fluent and confident Even if you aren t interested in the medical detective story, you ll enjoy the rich portrayal of work and class divisions at the turn of the 20th century. --Brigitte Frase "Minneapolis Star-Tribune "" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mary Beth Keane was born in New York City to Irish parents and grew up in Rockland County, New York. She attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an M.F.A in Fiction. In 2011, she was named by Julia Glass to the National Book Foundation's '5 under 35'. She lives in Pearl River, New York with her husband and their two sons.


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