A White Wind Blew

A White Wind Blew

Book - 2013
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In an era of bootlegged whiskey and muddled race relations, faith and medicine are failing the patients at the Waverly Hills tuberculosis sanatorium. Dr. Wolfgang Pike believes music could play a pivotal role in his patients' care--but his boss's disapproval, rising racial tensions, and past memories tear at him.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2013.
ISBN: 9781402278372
1402278373
Branch Call Number: MARKERT J
Characteristics: xiv, 384 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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EmilyEm
Oct 30, 2014

Wolfgang Pike is a doctor, musician and soon-to-be priest. The time is the late 1920s at a tuberculosis sanitarium high on a hill outside Louisville, an area that suffered a huge death toll during the epidemic. Wolfgang believes music can ease suffering; head physician Barker is a doubter. An avid reader's book group read this book; she liked and recommended it-the music, the history. After reading the authors acknowledgements I believe the book was expanded from a short story or novella into this full length novel. There were too many stories waiting to be heard, then lumped together at the end and lots more historical asides than I thought it needed. It was conveniently set in winter in the cold; what happened to these fevered patients in the summer?

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