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Orphan Number Eight In This Stunning New Historical Novel Inspired By True Events, Kim Van Alkemade Tells The Fascinating Story Of A Woman Who Must Choose Between Revenge And Mercy When She Encounters The Doctor Who Subjected Her To Dangerous Medical Experiments In A New York City Jewish Orphanage Years Before.In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz Is A Vivacious Four Year Old Living With Her Family In A Crowded Tenement On New York City S Lower Eastside When Tragedy Strikes, Rachel Is Separated From Her Brother Sam And Sent To A Jewish Orphanage Where Dr Mildred Solomon Is Conducting Medical Research Subjected To X Ray Treatments That Leave Her Disfigured, Rachel Suffers Years Of Cruel Harassment From The Other Orphans But When She Turns Fifteen, She Runs Away To Colorado Hoping To Find The Brother She Lost And Discovers A Family She Never Knew She Had.Though Rachel Believes She S Shut Out Her Painful Childhood Memories, Years Later She Is Confronted With Her Dark Past When She Becomes A Nurse At Manhattan S Old Hebrews Home And Her Patient Is None Other Than The Elderly, Cancer Stricken Dr Solomon Rachel Becomes Obsessed With Making Dr Solomon Acknowledge, And Pay For, Her Wrongdoing But Each Passing Hour Rachel Spends With The Old Doctor Reveal To Rachel The Complexities Of Her Own Nature She Realizes That A Person S Fate To Be One Who Inflicts Harm Or One Who Heals Is Not Always Set In Stone.Lush In Historical Detail, Rich In Atmosphere And Based On True Events, Orphan 8 Is A Powerful, Affecting Novel Of The Unexpected Choices We Are Compelled To Make That Can Shape Our Destinies.

Read ✓ Orphan Number Eight  By Kim van Alkemade – Reptileclassifieds.us
  • ebook
  • 416 pages
  • Orphan Number Eight
  • Kim van Alkemade
  • 15 September 2018
  • 0062338315

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  1. says:

    On the back cover the publisher describes this as A stunning debut novel of historical fiction set in the forgotten world of New York City s Jewish orphanages And while this novel does deliver a degree of historical fiction on that subject, I felt like there was a hidden agenda being presented that the publisher chose not to mention Perhaps the author felt that making the Rachel, the main character, a lesbian, would garnersympathy to her plight as an abused orphan It actually detrac On the back cover the publisher describes this as A stunning debut novel of historical fiction set in the forgotten world of New York City s Jewish orphanages And while this novel does deliver a degree of historical fiction on that subject, I felt like there was a hidden agenda being presented that the publisher chose not to mention Perhaps the author felt that making the Rachel, the main character, a lesbian, would garnersympathy to her plight as an abused orphan It actually detracted from the events that seemedcrucial to the story Silly, contrived scenes had me rolling my eyes By the end of chapter 6, I wasn t sure I wanted to continue reading However, I was interested i...


  2. says:

    A book inspired by true events is always intriguing to me because as I m reading it I can t help but wonder about the specifics Who of the characters is based on real people and how much of the plot is real or imagined There are big ethical issues at the center of this story Rachel , a nurse at the Old Hebrews Home in mid 1950 s discovers that her new patient is someone from her past Flashbacks to four year old Rachel in The Hebrew Infant Home show her suffering at the hands of cruel doc A book inspired by true events is always intriguing to me because as I m reading it I can t help but wonder about the specifics Who of the characters is based on real people and how much of the plot is real or imagined There are big ethical issues at the center of this story Rachel , a nurse at the Old Hebrews Home in mid 1950 s discovers that her new patient is someone from her...


  3. says:

    Great historical snapshot of orphanages and the medical experimentation occurring on the orphans at the time Told in two timelines when Rachel is 4 and enters the orphanage and experimentation begins, and then Rachel is forty something and working as a geriatric nurse when a new patient comes under her care the very doctor that caused so much suffering for Rachel in the orphanage Both stories unfold and the reader quickly realizes the horrible conditions of said orphanages, although they ma Great historical snapshot of orphanages and the medical experimentation occurring on the orphans at the time Told in two timelines when Rachel is 4 and enters the orphanage and experimentation begins, and then Rachel is forty something and working as a geriatric nurse when a new patient comes under her care the very doctor that caused so much suffering for Rachel in the orphanage Both stories unfold and the reader quickly realizes the horrible conditions of said orphanages, although they may have been preferable to living in the street Rachel is flood...


  4. says:

    Orphan 8 is a standalone, historical fiction novel written by English professor and now author Kim van Alkemade This is her first published novel The synopsis of Orphan 8 immediately intrigued me and as I began the audiobook, I felt engaged right away The main character Rachel Rabinowitz is a work of fiction, but her story is based on very real people, places, and events from 1920 s America Orphan 8 follows Rachel through alternating timeframes, first when she is a young child who has b Orphan 8 is a standalone, historical fiction novel written by English professor and now author Kim van Alkemade This is her first published novel The synopsis of Orphan 8 immediately intrigued me and as I began the audiobook, I felt engaged right away The main character Rachel Rabinowitz is a work of fiction, but her story is based on very real people, places, and events from 1920 s America Orphan 8 follows Rachel through alternating timeframes, first when she is a young child who has been committed to an orphanage and then as an adult who continues to be physically and emotionally haunted by her young life experiences...


  5. says:

    I really enjoy historical fiction books that expose me to real history I never knew about I can t say that I m surprised that medical professionals exploited orphans for medical research It s much easier to use someone who cannot fight back for themselves and has no one to fight for them I understand that Dr Solomon and the real doctors like her thought the good that would come from the research would outweigh whatever bad things may have happened to these children, but to dehumanize even on I really enjoy historical fiction books that expose me to real history I never knew about I can t say that I m surprised that medical professionals exploited orphans for medical research It s much easier to use someone who cannot fight back for themselves and has no one to fight for them I understand that Dr Solomon and the real doctors like her thought the good that would come from the research would outweigh whatever bad things may have happened to these children, but to dehumanize even one person for the sake of the common good is not worth the cost My husband and I have considered adopting a child instead of having a child who is biologically ours This story most definitely made me want to make that a reality eventhan what I was already considering I cannot even begin to image how difficult and possibly damaging it must be to grow up with no one It was cl...


  6. says:

    Seems to me that the jacket summary of a book should include the major themes of the book, but this one does not The fact there is a major lesbian story line in this book isn t a spoiler but should be made known to potential readers Then, the author decides to include explicit bedroom scenes and that ruined it for me completely I liked the premise of Rachel coming face to face with the Dr who performed x ray experiment...


  7. says:

    Author Kim van Alkemade was researching her own family history when she came across a purchase for wigs for eight young children who had lost their hair after X ray treatments in a New York Jewish orphanage The powerless healthy orphans had been used in medical research to see if X rays could shrink the tonsils Orphan 8 is Rachel Rabinowitz, a fictional character who received the largest dose of radiation as the subject of Dr Mildred Solomon s research.Fast forward to 1954 Dr Solomon is admi Author Kim van Alkemade was researching her own family history when she came across a purchase for wigs for eight young children who had lost their hair after X ray treatments in a New York Jewish orphanage The powerless healthy orphans had been used in medical research to see if X rays could shrink the tonsils Orphan 8 is Rachel Rabinowitz, a fictional character who received the largest dose of radiation as the subject of Dr Mildred Solomon s research.Fast forward to 1954 Dr Solomon is admitted to the hospice unit where Rachel works as a nurse Dr Solomon s terminal bone cancer was caused by her exposure to X rays as a radiologist Rachel now has a serious health problem due to the intense X rays received when she was a toddler The book alternates be...


  8. says:

    I was hoping the narrative would concentrate primarily on Dr Solomon and Rachel s encounter along with flashbacks to her orphanage days, instead it laid a heavier hand on Rachel and her relationship with her girlfriend I wasn t expecting a plot focusing on romance, needless to say I was letdown.The plot was too busy for my taste I wish Sam and Rachel were developed , we were merely granted a sampling of their personalities limiting our familiarity on a personal level, a picture painted of I was hoping the narrative would concentrate primarily on Dr Solomon and Rachel s encounter along with flashbacks to her orphanage days, instead it laid a heavier hand on Rachel and ...


  9. says:

    Although I give credit to van Alkemade for bringing history to light, this book would have been so much better in the hands of an author such as Kristin Hannah or Jodi Picoult an author who can tell the story without alienating or even offending the reader This book had such potential, and for me it was ruined by the characters and lack of development Very jarring scenes stuck in the storyline that broke the flow of the s...


  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Orphan 8 is based on historical events that occurred in orphanages, much like the LSD testing on soldiers and prisoners in the 1950s to determine the effects on the men Instead of LSD, the children had horrible experiments performed on their bodies, ravaging them using introduced measles, pertussis, scurvy, and radiation to track digestion to possible use as a noninvasive tonsillectomy There are two timelines 1954 and beginning in 1918 or so The problems I had with the story begin when Rach Orphan 8 is based on historical events that occurred in orphanages, much like the LSD testing on soldiers and prisoners in the 1950s to determine the effects on the men Instead of LSD, the children had horrible experiments performed on their bodies, ravaging them using introduced measles, pertussis, scurvy, and radiation to track digestion to possible use as a noninvasive tonsillectomy There are two timelines 1954 and beginning in 1918 or so The problems I had with the story begin when Rachel is 4 years old ...

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