The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman audiobook

The Orphan Collector

By Ellen Marie Wiseman
Read by Rachel Botchan

Recorded Books, Inc. 9781496715869
15.86 Hours 1
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From the internationally bestselling author of What She Left Behind comes a gripping and powerful tale of upheaval, a heartbreaking saga of resilience and hope perfect, set in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, the deadly pandemic that went on to infect one-third of the world’s population In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the US Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear white masks to ward off illness. 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. Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. It becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they are at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are true Americans. 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. As Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost in the months and years that follow, Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice and love triumph at last. Powerful, harrowing, and ultimately exultant, The Orphan Collector is a story of love, resilience, and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

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From the internationally bestselling author of What She Left Behind comes a gripping and powerful tale of upheaval, a heartbreaking saga of resilience and hope perfect, set in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, the deadly pandemic that went on to infect one-third of the world’s population

In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the US Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear white masks to ward off illness. 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.

Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. It becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they are at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are true Americans.

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. As Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost in the months and years that follow, Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice and love triumph at last.

Powerful, harrowing, and ultimately exultant, The Orphan Collector is a story of love, resilience, and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

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Author Bio: Ellen Marie Wiseman

Author Bio: Ellen Marie Wiseman

Ellen Marie Wiseman is the author of the novels The Plum Tree, What She Left Behind, and Coal River. Born and raised in Three Mile Bay, a tiny hamlet in northern New York, Ellen now lives on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband, two spoiled shih-tzus, and a rescued yellow Lab. She loves to cook, travel, garden, watch movies, and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 15.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English