Timely Topics - Pandemic, Immirgration, & Discrimination

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The flu came to Philadelphia in September of 1918. Thousands were infected on a day of celebration and gatherings, and over 12,000 Philadelphia residents ultimately died of the disease. Based on demographics and economics, the city's immigrant populations were particularly hard it. That is where The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman begins. Within this context of history is the personal story of Pia Lange, a thirteen-year-old German immigrant. In this very historical novel, the author also introduces an element of magical realism. Ultimately, the historical setting of this book is timely, and the story is an the emotional personal conflict between Pia and Bernice and all that they each represent. Are there inferences to be drawn about the current pandemic and the current political climate? I leave that for you to decide.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2020/03/the-orphan-collector.html

Reviewed for Bookish First.