Fever by Mary Beth Keane

FeverFever tells the story of “Typhoid Mary” the first known healthy carrier of typhoid. At age 15 Mary Mallon comes to New York from Ireland in the early 1900’s. She works as a cook for families whereupon it is determined that she is infecting some family members with typhoid. Though she is healthy, the response is extreme and she is sent into isolation for 3 long years before being released. After her release she continues her fierce struggles to live a complete life. One minor drawback for me was her relentless pursuit for so long of her lover, Alfred. The book offers an excellent description of early 20th century life in New York, especially through the eyes of working class people.

Reviewed by Loves2Read

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