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Target Club Pick August 2015: Orphan Number Eight (Paperback) by Kim Van Alkemade

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Only at Target: Find the August 2015 Target Club Pick: Orphan Number Eight! This edition includes an exclusive letter from author Kim Van Alkemade to the Target guest!

A stunning debut novel inspired by true events, Orphan Number Eight 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.

In 1919 Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s lower east side. 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 reveals 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 Number Eight is a powerful, affecting novel of the unexpected choices we are compelled to make that can shape our destinies.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Featured book lists: Target Club Picks
Age Range: Adult
Author: Kim Van Alkemade
Language: English
Street Date: August 4, 2015
TCIN: 23965487
UPC: 490590409800
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0980
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overall: 3 out of 5 stars, see all reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
sarahmoe 2 years ago
I totally disagree with the other review. I started this book last night and finished it this morning. I could not put it down! I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book and did not find the book "explicit" in any way. I thought it was great and have been recommending it to others left and right!see moreof the reviewer's review
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1 out of 5 stars
V 3 years ago
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 ...see moreof the reviewer's review
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