Saving the World

Saving the World

A Novel

eBook - 2006
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"Alma Heubner's husband, Richard, goes to the Dominican Republic to help eradicate AIDS, while Alma, a bestselling Latina writer, stays at home in Vermont to work on a story about a real, ill-fated 19th-century expedition chaperoned by Doña Isabel Sendales y Gómez, the spinster director of a Spanish orphanage who agrees to vaccinate 20 of her charges with cowpox and bring them from Spain to Central America to prevent future smallpox epidemics. While the leader of the anti-smallpox expedition, Dr. Francisco Balmis, and Richard see their missions collapse in defeat, Doña Isabel and Alma surmount their personal depressions to find inner strength."--Publishers Weekly.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2006
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616201029
9781565125100
Branch Call Number: FICTION Alv
Description: 1 online resource (368 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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gbohomegirl7
May 24, 2016

This book would have been far better if the contemporary AIDS story was written as well as the 200 yr old smallpox story. As it was, I didn't learn much from the AIDS chapters but found the smallpox chapters quite interesting.

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MarieGaffney
Sep 12, 2013

This is not only well enough written to not require (or house) any inappropriate content to be published, thus allowing any age level capable to read it, it was one of the very best historical novels i have ever read! Alvarez's wit and ingenuity in putting two sets of realistic and truly memorable characters together from different times to bring us into the ability to compare our lives with those of the past and so remember the goods and bads of past acts.

Biblioteqa12 Mar 02, 2012

A weier's conflicts as she is writing a historical novel. The jumping back and forth EVERY chapter took the interest out of the Writer's story. The book she was weiting seemed much more interesting. Her character had no dimension. I would have enjoyed reading the book the protagonist was writing.

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