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9780062126962 This stunning new novel from Diane McKinney-Whetstone, nationally bestselling author ofÂ Tumbling, begins in the chaotic backstreets of postâ€“Civil War Philadelphia as a young black woman gives birth to a child fathered by her wealthy white employer. In a city riven by racial tension, the fatherâ€™s transgression is unforgivable. He has already arranged to take the baby, so it falls to Sylvia, the midwifeâ€™s teenage apprentice, to tell Meda that her child is deadâ€”a lie that will define the course of both womenâ€™s lives. A devastated Meda dedicates herself to working in an orphanage and becomes a surrogate mother to two white boys; while Sylvia, fueled by her guilt, throws herself into her nursing studies and finds a post at the Lazaretto, the countryâ€™s first quarantine hospital, situated near the Delaware River, just south of Philadelphia. The Lazaretto is a crucible of life and death; sick passengers and corpses are quarantined here, but this is also the place where immigrants take their first steps toward the American dream. The live-in staff are mostly black Philadelphians, and when two of them arrange to marry, the cityâ€™s black community prepares for a party on its grounds. But the celebration is plunged into chaos when gunshots ring out across the river. As Sylvia races to save the victim, the fates of Medaâ€™s beloved orphans also converge on the Lazaretto. Long ago, one â€œbrotherâ€ committed an unthinkable act to protect the other, sparking a chain of events that now puts the Lazaretto on lockdown. Here conflicts escalate, lies collapse, and secrets begin to surface; like dead men rising, past sins cannot be contained.