by James Markert
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When the body fails, you’ve got two choices. Send a doctor in, or send a prayer up. And if neither works? You’ll find Dr. Wolfgang Pike at his piano.
Working at the Waverly Hills tuberculosis sanatorium outside 1920s Louisville in the midst of a deadly epidemic, Dr. Wolfgang Pike is desperate to raise patient morale. When a former concert pianist checks into the sanatorium, Wolfgang has found his answer: he will form an orchestra and transform the patients’ lives—as well as his own—through the redemptive power of music. VERDICT The setting of this debut novel is well chosen and researched, but the cluttered narrative is uneven in tone. In addition, Wolfgang’s selfish focus on his own emotional needs rather than the welfare of his patients makes him a markedly unsympathetic protagonist. The author also glosses over the real horrors of tuberculosis for the sake of the sentimental idea that music is the best medicine. Readers looking for a purely heartwarming tale, however, may be alienated by darker plotlines involving the Ku Klux Klan, suicide, religious and ethnic prejudice, and a veteran’s traumatic memories of World War I.—Mara Bandy, Champaign P.L., IL
Music comes to a tuberculosis hospital in the prohibition-era American South in this absorbing historical, based on a real Louisville sanatorium operating at the turn of the 20th century. At Waverly Hills, the young and old alike are sequestered, and many won’t survive. Coffins are sent away in a tunnel to hide the high death rate. Walking among the ill is Dr. Wolfgang Pike, an amateur composer and would-be priest who was derailed from his godly purposes by his late wife. Haunted by her memory and desperate to aid his patients, Pike schemes to bring more music into the sanatorium, forming a band with the patients. But bureaucracy, the ongoing march of death among his musicians, and the KKK, whose members don’t approve of Pike’s Catholicism and racial liberality, provide obstacles to success. From secret rehearsals to hijinks with patients on the loose, from profound and tender moments to unspeakable violence, the orchestra’s journey from idea to entity enthralls the whole hospital community. Though a romantic backstory and the racial strife can feel formulaic, Markert displays great imagination in describing the rivalries, friendships, and intense relationships among the often quirky and cranky terminally ill, and the way that a diagnosis, or even a cure, can upset delicate dynamics. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
“James Markert tells a story of the triumph of music and faith in a dead-end place of despair and loneliness called Waverly Hills. Beautifully told, A White Wind Blew is set in a time when the klan and racism openly thrived. With a historian’s eye for detail, Markert spins his story of a world where men and women were healed and made whole.” – Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country “In A White Wind Blew, James Markert skillfully weaves together medicine and history, a tragic love story, and a spiritual investigation into the relationship between faith and music. The result is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that will move and inspire readers of all kinds.” – John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and Northwest Corner
“The setting of this debut novel is well chosen and researched” – Library Journal
“Music comes to a tuberculosis hospital in the prohibition-era American South in this absorbing historical, based on a real Louisville sanatorium operating at the turn of the 20th century… Markert displays great imagination in describing the rivalries, friendships, and intense relationships among the often quirky and cranky terminally ill, and the way that a diagnosis, or even a cure, can upset delicate dynamics. ” – Publishers Weekly
“Markert has interwoven three seemingly unrelated subjects-tuberculosis, music, and racism-into a hauntingly lyrical narrative with operatic overtones… a soaring tribute to the resiliency of life in the face of death.” – Booklist
“James Markert… has taken the exceptional and amazing setting of “one of the scariest places on earth, the Waverly Hills Tuberculosis Sanatorium, and produced an absorbing novel about the place, its inhabitants and the times.” – Louisville Courier-Journal
“The author’s ability to weigh competing views against each other, and the all-too-real human complications, are presented with a remarkable understanding of conflicting ideas that makes even villains human eventually… The author writes well and reads easily; you’ll finish this book in a day or two and wish for a sequel.” – BookPage
“Set in the time of Prohibition and segregation, this novel brings to life the desperation of the plague that as yet had no cure… I couldn’t put down this story of a doctor’s struggle with faith, hope and healing. In the end, I not only learned about that time in history, but it vividly came alive.” -
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