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The Winter Station
by Jody Shields


Overview - An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria-before it spreads to the rest of the world.1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway outpost in Northern China.  Read more...

 
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Overview
An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria-before it spreads to the rest of the world.1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway outpost in Northern China. Strangely, some of the dead bodies vanish before they can be identified.During a dangerously cold winter in a city gripped by fear, the Baron, a wealthy Russian aristocrat and the city's medical commissioner, is determined to stop this mysterious plague. Battling local customs, an occupying army, and a brutal epidemic with no name, the Baron is torn between duty and compassion, between Western medical science and respect for Chinese tradition. His allies include a French doctor, a black marketeer, and a charismatic Chinese dwarf. His greatest refuge is the intimacy he shares with his young Chinese wife-but she has secrets of her own.Based on a true story that has been lost to history, set during the last days of imperial Russia, The Winter Station is a richly textured and brilliant novel about mortality, fear, and love.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781549140167
  • ISBN-10: 1549140167
  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group
  • Publish Date: January 2018
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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Though Jody Shields was born in Nebraska and lives in New York, her deeply atmospheric novel, The Winter Station, performed by Simon Vance with his signature elegance, has a brooding Russian soul. It’s set in Kharbin, a newly minted railroad hub in the northeastern reaches of Manchuria at the confluence of the Russian, Chinese and Japanese spheres of influence. In the brutally cold winter of 1910, Baron von Budberg, the town’s middle-aged, Russian medical commissioner who is devoted to his young Chinese wife, realizes that a deadly plague has crept into the city, decimating its population. As the Baron tries to find a way to stop the epidemic and fights the authorities attempting to cover it up, Shields paints a picture of clashing cultures, each filled with suspicion and ingrained prejudices. In Kharbin, Western scientific ideas vie with traditional Chinese practices, and dedicated doctors are pitted against those fueled by ambition. Based on real events, this is the kind of fiction that fascinates with its power to evoke time and place, morality and mortality, tenderness and love.

 

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