The Resource Saving the world: : a novel, Julia Alvarez

Saving the world: : a novel, Julia Alvarez

Label
Saving the world: : a novel
Title
Saving the world:
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Julia Alvarez
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Latina novelist Alma Huebner is suffering from writer's block and is years past the completion date for yet another of her bestselling family sagas. Her husband, Richard, works for a humanitarian organization dedicated to the health and prosperity of developing countries and wants her help on an extended AIDS assignment in the Dominican Republic. But Alma begs off joining him: the publisher is breathing down her neck. She promises to work hard and follow him a bit later. The truth is that Alma is seriously sidetracked by a story she has stumbled across. It's the story of a much earlier medical do-gooder, Spaniard Francisco Xavier Balmis, who in 1803 undertook to vaccinate the populations of Spain's American colonies against smallpox. To do this, he required live "carriers" of the vaccine. Of greater interest to Alma is Isabel Sendales y Gómez, director of La Casa de Expósitos, who was asked to select twenty-two orphan boys to be the vaccine carriers. She agreed- with the stipulation that she would accompany the boys on the proposed two-year voyage. Her strength and courage inspire Alma, who finds herself becoming obsessed with the details of Isabel's adventures. This resplendent novel-within-a-novel spins the disparate tales of two remarkable women, both of whom are swept along by machismo. In depicting their confrontation of the great scourges of their respective eras, Alvarez exposes the conflict between altruism and ambition
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Midwest
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Alvarez, Julia
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Balmis, Francisco Xavier de
  • Married women
  • Middle-aged women
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • Vaccination
  • Smallpox
Target audience
adult
Label
Saving the world: : a novel, Julia Alvarez
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11688393
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781616201029
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT11688393
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11688393
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Saving the world: : a novel, Julia Alvarez
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11688393
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781616201029
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT11688393
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11688393
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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