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Introduced in 2013, “Fever” written by Mary Beth Keane chronicles the life of Mary Mallon, known to history as Typhoid Mary, the first asymptomatic carrier of Typhoid Fever in the early 20th century.

At the age of 15, Mary Mallon leaves Ireland to New York City to start the new life with her parents. With the love for cooking, Mary soon finds her path to become one of the best cook for some noble families. However, when some of members form families where Mary has prepared the meal, died after getting fever, Mary is informed that she is an asymptomatic carrier of Typhoid Fever and forced to go to North Brother Island in 3 years and banned from cooking for others.

“Fever: A Nove” manages to draw a full life of the so-called evil woman, Mary Mallon with the sympathy from the author to demonstrate what has been left behind by history.

Publisher’s Summary

A bold, mesmerizing novel about the woman known as “Typhoid Mary”, the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early 20th century – by an award-winning writer chosen as one of “5 Under 35″ by the National Book Foundation.

Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless “medical engineer” proposed the inconceivable notion of the “asymptomatic carrier” – and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

In order to keep New York’s citizens safe from Mallon, the Department of Health sent her to North Brother Island where she was kept in isolation from 1907-1910. She was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Yet for Mary – spoiled by her status and income and genuinely passionate about cooking – most domestic and factory jobs were heinous. She defied the edict.

Bringing early 20th-century New York alive – the neighborhoods, the bars, the park being carved out of upper Manhattan, the emerging skyscrapers, the boat traffic – Fever is as fiercely compelling asTyphoid Mary herself, an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the hands of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes an extraordinarily dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable character.

©2013 Mary Beth Keane (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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