A White Wind Blew

A White Wind Blew

Book - 2013
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"Compelling and thought-provoking." --John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road

When the body fails, you've got two choices. Send the doctor in, or send a prayer up. But when no miracle arrives, how do you pull out a measure of hope?

Dr. Wolfgang Pike would love nothing more than to finish the requiem he's composing for his late wife, but the ending seems as hopeless as the patients dying a hundred yards away at the Waverly Hills Tuberculosis sanatorium. If he can't ease his own pain with music, he tries to ease theirs -- but his boss thinks music is a waste, and in 1920s Louisville, the specter of racial tensions looms over everything. When a retired concert pianist arrives, Wolfgang is thrust into an orchestra of the most extraordinary kind that emerges to change everything.

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2013
ISBN: 9781402278372
1402278373
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xiv, 384 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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EmilyEm
Oct 30, 2014

Wolfgang Pike is a doctor, musician and soon-to-be priest. The time is the late 1920s at a tuberculosis sanitarium high on a hill outside Louisville, an area that suffered a huge death toll during the epidemic. Wolfgang believes music can ease suffering; head physician Barker is a doubter. An avid reader's book group read this book; she liked and recommended it-the music, the history. After reading the authors acknowledgements I believe the book was expanded from a short story or novella into this full length novel. There were too many stories waiting to be heard, then lumped together at the end and lots more historical asides than I thought it needed. It was conveniently set in winter in the cold; what happened to these fevered patients in the summer?

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