Saving the World - Paperback

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Saving the World - Paperback

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ALVAREZ' S resplendent new novel takes us into the worlds of two women swept up in campaigns against the scourges of their day. Alma Huebner, a Latin American novelist transplanted to the United States, is writing another of her bestselling family sagas. Her husband works for a humanitarian organization dedicated to health and prosperity in developing countries. He wants her to go with him, but she demurs. She must finish her newest novel. <br /> In truth, Alma is sidetracked by the story of a much earlier idealist, Francisco Xavier Balmis, who in 1803 undertook to vaccinate the populations of Spain's American colonies against smallpox. To do this, he needed living &quot; carriers&quot; of the vaccine. Enter Isabel Sendales y Go mez, the rectoress of La Casa de Exposito s. Isabel selects twenty-two orphan boys to be the carriers and joins them on the voyage. Her bravery inspires a very different novel from Alma. <br /> A brilliant novel-within-a-novel, &quot;Saving the World pits ambition against altruism-- and, in the process, tells the radiant stories of two courageous women.

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