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Jul 17, Caprice rated it liked it. Lots of promise, partial delivery If this book was intended to be a novel for adults, it didn't have enough details. The characters were pretty shallow, and there wasn't enough details of the medical treatment or of their feelings. While I didn't find as many mistakes in grammar and spelling, I didn't find several run on sentences and comma splices. Too bad the author didn't have better beta readers who could find these. Overall it was a decent book, but I wouldn't recommend it for adults.
I think Lots of promise, partial delivery If this book was intended to be a novel for adults, it didn't have enough details. I think it would be better for young to mid teens.
View 1 comment. Jul 10, Alicia Huxtable rated it really liked it. Who would have thought a book written about several characters suffering leprosy would have such an effect. It was heartbreaking how people especially children, were treated once diagnosed with leprosy.
Shoved away from society and shunned, ultimately imprisoned. This story though shows that love conquers all! Jul 31, Joyce rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in , historical-fiction , e-book. Although it is a fiction novel, it is based on historical facts and contains accurate information about the disease of leprosy and its treatment.
A leprosarium did exist in Carville, Louisiana and it had different names over the years until it was closed in At that time it was turned into a museum. This novel which begins in focuses on 2 girls who are sent to the lepros I read The Other Side of the Fence by Julie Dewey as a Kindle book since I could not obtain it through the library.
This novel which begins in focuses on 2 girls who are sent to the leprosarium after they are discovered to have leprosy. Although they are treated with compassion at the facility, they are basically imprisoned there and cannot leave. Faith and Jenny develop a close friendship which sustains them though their years at the leprosarium complex.
Faith came from an upper class family and that family considered her a disgrace and had nothing to do with her after they dropped her off at the facility. Jenny's family tried to avoid having her sent to the leprosarium but the police came and took her after her little sister reported Jenny's skin problem at school. Jenny's mother did come to visit but had to remain outside the barbed wire fence to talk to Jenny. To add the sorrow of Jenny's family, her little brother Danny who was a toddler was also sent there. This novel depicts so vividly what life was like for someone with leprosy in the United States at that timethe isolation, the social stigma, and the physical sufferings.
Apr 11, moxieBK rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary , friendships , relationships. Best book of the year so far!
Really loved this book from the very first sentence that hooked me in to the very last sentence. The characters in this story weave a tapestry that cannot be broken. Each has their own contribution and even the "bad" characters help the main protagonist move along in the story. I really took my time reading this book. I almost felt like I was dragging my heals. I didn't want it to end, but when it did it made all the sense. It's been a while since I read this book, as I have gotten nearly three months behind in book reviews, but this plot although I can't recall the characters names, still resonates with me.
Always a very strong indication of a well written book! I am going to follow this author. The title made me think this was going to a futurist story, and even though it wasn't it really could have been. And even though there were literally fences in this book, there are virtual fences going on too.
As I am writing this review, more of the story is coming back to me. It was bittersweet, but not as melancholy as I thought it would be. More uplifting and definitely satisfying at the end. Yes, I got misty a few times, but this is really an uplifting book. A never let them get you down, you're here for a purpose kind of plot. Loved it! Five stars. May 09, Betsy Milan rated it liked it. Interesting, fictional account of living in Carville, but somewhat flawed This is an interesting account of living with Hanson's Disease leporsy and being imprisoned at the Carville, Louisiana facility.
There are a number of fairly egregious anachronisms and misspellings which interfere with the smooth flow of the story, but the plot was so interesting that I was able to overlook most of them. It is told totally from the viewpoint of two women. It would have been interesting to have a male poin Interesting, fictional account of living in Carville, but somewhat flawed This is an interesting account of living with Hanson's Disease leporsy and being imprisoned at the Carville, Louisiana facility.
It would have been interesting to have a male point of view. The impact of these time periods are almost unmarked in the narrative.
I would have been very interested in knowing how these monumental world events affected the daily lives of the Carville inmates. In sum, this is an interesting addition to the literature of public health, but be warned that in many ways it lacks depth and veracity. Feb 07, Audrey Grant rated it liked it Shelves: 1-e-book , historical. What a sad story! I had no idea this went on in America in such recent time! How awful!
Feb 26, Constance rated it really liked it. This is a very good read about the stigma of leprosy in the past. Short read but quite enlightening and touching.
May 20, Alison rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , historic , leprosy , louisiana. This author seems to tackle parts of history that are not widely exposed. I read a book by her about the Orphan trains, which was something I must say I had not heard about. The story takes place mainly in Carville, Louisiana where in , the town was transformed from an abandoned Plantation into a refuge for lepers, This book deals with the stigma and suffering caused by leprosy, but also the hopes and friendships that are created while living in this isolated environment.
The main characters This author seems to tackle parts of history that are not widely exposed. A story of friendships and sacrifices and what it means to be a survivor and not a victim. Jan 31, Claire Osgood rated it really liked it. He recommended that we go to Honduras. The kids were ecstatic! We were met in Honduras by Shawn, which was a great relief because I was not sure anyone was going to meet us. On our third day in Comayagua, we went to work with Missionaries of Charity.
The buildings were pristine, the vegetation beautiful and the grounds clean. Other than the chain link fence, topped with barbed wire, bisecting the interior of the facility, it was as close to anything back home we had seen since landing in Honduras. In the morning we visited with and made lunch for the geriatric men who lived on one side of the fence. It was great fun being with them. The whole time, however, we wondered what was happening on the other side of the fence. We never saw anyone over there.
After lunch, we headed to the locked gate separating us from the other side. We were met by the sister in charge who let us know that anyone who went on the other side needed special permission. She let us through the gate and we caught a glimpse of a young child hiding in the bushes. Then we saw another one.
There were a bunch of them there. They were shy and not quite willing to trust us. We chased them and they ran, laughing at us. At the news, a sudden stillness descended on the group. It was not out of fear of catching the disease but it was the thought that such small and beautiful children could be afflicted with it. The laughing and playfulness brought us back into the reality. We were there for these children.
Showing With over twenty years of experience working with youth, I try to bring a heart of discipleship to each voyage. I'm convinced this is a story that needs to be shared, and I hope you agree. Dan Gottlieb, is our project consultant. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Bonny has been raised in a series of foster homes, and is given to weaving fantasies about her life. Together, they develop a deep affinity and unlock the key to surviving by opening their hearts and letting love in once again.
The week after we returned home, we had a debriefing dinner with all of the youth and adult sponsors. Virtually every youth shared the belief that after their time in Honduras they knew why they had not raised the money to go to Italy. The reason, they concluded, was that God never intended for them to get to Italy. God called them to go to Honduras. After practicing law for 24 years in New Orleans, I transitioned into the role of youth director at a church in Boise, Idaho.