Hosack's folly: a novel of old New York
SET IN 1820s MANHATTAN, "HOSACK'S FOLLY WEAVES A vibrant tapestry of a time, a place, and a people on the verge of surrendering their innocence and idealism for the greed and glory of the Glided Age. In a cast of fictional characters as rich and colorful as any in Dickens stands one fascinating historical figure: David Hosack, the doctor who attended Alexander Hamilton during the fatal duel with Aaron Burr and who went on to found Bellevue Hospital, Columbia University Medical School, and the first Botanical Garden in New York. The novel opens twenty years after the ill-fated duel and Hosack is once again at the center of controversy. Struggling to contain an outbreak of yellow fever on the New York docks, Hosack must also contend with the malice of powerful merchants and corrupt politicians who aim to cover up the fever threat at all costs. Brought down by scandal, Hosack turns to his brave young assistant, Albert Dash, to expose the truth. Meanwhile, an influential newspaper editor and a visionary architect team up on a scheme of their own to save the city the Croton Aqueduct, the most ambitious public works project since Roman times. Climaxing in a mass exodus as a deadly fever epidemic sweeps through old New York, "Hosack's Folly is historical fiction at its most thrilling Generously seasoned with comedy and romance, it is a thoroughly satisfying reading experience.
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Hosack's Folly: A Novel Of Old New YorkUser Review - Book Verdict
In summer 1824, New York City residents remain unaware of an impending yellow fever epidemic. When Dr. David Hosack calls for a quarantine, businessmen who fear losing money pressure politicians to delay. At the same time, editor Eamonn Casey uses his newspaper to vilify Hosack in order to retain financial backing in his campaign for governor. Hosack's student, Albert Dash, investigates the motives of wealthy John Laidlaw in supporting Casey's proposal to construct an aqueduct to bring fresh water to the city. Complicating matters is Dash's engagement to Laidlaw's daughter, Vera, while her best friend, Virginia Casey, tries to conceal her love for Dash, who happens to be her botany tutor. When the epidemic hits, Hosack is vindicated, and Laidlaw is forced to flee. Hosack, the actual physician who attended Alexander Hamilton at his fatal duel, founded Bellevue Hospital, and taught at Columbia University, provides a focal point for this fascinating first novel. Australian-born Wood not only provides a fine supporting cast of fictional characters but also effectively portrays the horror of yellow fever and the filth of a city in desperate need of clean water. Recommended for fans of historical fiction.--Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato
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I think if you're more familiar with New York City than you'll appreciate this book more than I did. Certain things were presented in such a way that I felt like I should know about it already and ...