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Climax Public Library SHE (Text) 33500013407523 New Checked out 07/03/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780525655459
  • ISBN: 052565545X
  • Physical Description: 243 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.

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General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical sources.
Summary, etc.:
"A spare and gripping novel about the next pandemic--completed by the award-winning Jim Shepard before COVID-19 even emerged--that reads like a fictional sequel to our current crisis. In a tiny settlement on the west coast of Greenland, 11-year-old Aleq and his best friend, frequent trespassers at a mining site exposed to mountains of long-buried and thawing permafrost, carry what they pick up back into their village, and from there Shepard's harrowing and deeply moving story follows Aleq, one of the few survivors of the initial outbreak, through his identification and radical isolation as the likely index patient. While he shoulders both a crushing guilt for what he may have done and the hopes of a world looking for answers, we also meet two Epidemic Intelligence Service investigators dispatched from the CDC--Jeannine, an epidemiologist and daughter of Algerian immigrants, and Danice, an MD and lab wonk. As they attempt to head off the cataclysm, Jeannine--moving from the Greeland hospital overwhelmed with the first patients to a Level 4 high-security facility in the Rocky Mountains--does what she can to sustain Aleq. Both a chamber piece of multiple intimate perspectives and a more omniscient glimpse into the megastructures (political, cultural, and biological) that inform such a disaster, the novel reminds us of the crucial bonds that form in the midst of catastrophe, as a child and several hyper-educated adults learn what it means to provide adequate support for those they love. In the process, they celebrate the precious worlds they might lose, and help to shape others that may survive"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 April #1
    *Starred Review* Disasters often charge Shepard's incisive, unsettling fiction, including the historical short stories in The World to Come (2017). In his riveting and tragic eighth novel, Shepard looks ahead instead of back, dropping us into a post-COVID-19 future and onto the front lines of a new pandemic so ferocious and baffling it rates the World Health Organization's highest risk level, Phase Six. In a small settlement in Greenland, two mischievous boys, Malik and Aleq, frolic among gruff adults living hand-to-mouth lives as the ice sheets shrink, mines pollute, and permafrost melts. By the time investigators for the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service—epidemiologist Jeannine, of Algerian descent, and white MD Danice—arrive, the death toll is horrific. The two women fall quickly in love, but Jeannine has to bring traumatized Aleq, who seems immune to this mysterious disease, to a high-security lab in Montana, while Danice stays behind. Shepard tracks the heavy emotional toll on the women, their keen medical sleuthing, and the "cyclonic clusterfuck of bureaucratic hysteria and infighting" among governmental officials who learned nothing from COVID-19. Shepard writes with drilling authority about Greenland, epidemiology, the challenges women doctors and scientists face, and the confounding complexities of the microbial world. With word-by-word artistry, fluid compassion, and deep insights, Shepard emphatically dramatizes epic failures, self-sacrificing dedication, desolation, and love. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JIM SHEPARD is the author of seven previous novels, most recently The Book of Aron (winner of the 2016 PEN New England award, the Sophie Brody medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature, the Harold Ribalow Award for Jewish Literature, the Clark Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the Jewish Book Award) and five story collections, including Like You'd Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Electric Literature, and Vice, and has often been selected for The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife, three children, and three beagles, and he teaches at Williams College.

Subject: Epidemics > Fiction.
Communicable diseases > Fiction.
FICTION / Thrillers / Medical.
FICTION / Disaster.
Communicable diseases
Epidemics > Fiction.
Communicable diseases > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)

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