The Orphan Collector
- General Interest
Resilience and love in a pandemic
In the fall of 1918, 13-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. When food runs out in the cramped tenement she calls home, Pia must venture alone into the quarantined city in search of supplies, leaving her baby brothers behind.
Waking in a makeshift hospital days after collapsing in the street, Pia is frantic to return home. Instead, she is taken to St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum--the first step in a long and arduous journey. Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice—and love—triumph at last.
“Wiseman's blistering moving and profound novel, set against the devastating backdrop of the 1918 Spanish flu, hones in on an extraordinary exploration of the plight of immigrants, as two very different women grapple with finding, keeping, and changing their place in the world. Absolutely amazing.”—Caroline Leavitt, author of With or Without You
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|Release Date:||August 4, 2020|