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Join the search for Typhoid Mary in this early twentieth-century CSI. Now in paperback! Prudence Galewski doesn't belong in Mrs. Browning's esteemed School for Girls. She doesn't want an "appropriate" job that makes use of refinement and charm. Instead, she is fascinated by how the human body works--and why it fails. Prudence is lucky to land a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of a mysterious fever. From ritzy mansions to shady bars and rundown tenements, Prudence explores every potential cause of the disease to no avail--until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed "Typhoid Mary" by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. But she's never been sick a day in her life. Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination? Or is she the first clue in solving one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 258.55g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 068985739X
  • 9780689857393
  • 420,012

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From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL "There's plenty to think about and discuss in this diary-format novel based on the notorious case of Mary Mallon, also known as "Typhoid Mary." It's 1906 and 16-year-old Prudence is in her final year at a school for girls... but, unlike most of her classmates, Prudence isn't interested in being an ornamental "Gibson Girl." Instead, she craves a job where she can actually make a difference. She's always been scientifically curious, particularly regarding the nature of infection and disease.... When she lands a position as assistant to an epidemiologist working for the Department of Health and Sanitation, she quits school completely to help investigate the microbial mystery of Mary Mallon, an immigrant cook and suspected "healthy carrier" of typhus, who adamantly denies she's been unwittingly infecting a series of employers' families and instead insists she's the victim of anti-Irish discrimination. A deeply personal coming-of-age story set in an era of tumultuous social change, this is top-notch historical fiction that highlights the struggle between rational science and popular opinion as shaped by a sensational, reactionary press."show more

About Julie Chibbaro

Julie Chibbaro is also the author of Redemption, which won a 2005 American Book Award. She teaches fiction and creative writing in New York City. You can visit her at JulieChibarro.com.show more

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