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Scribner Book Company
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. She was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing, and has received citations from the National Book Foundation, PEN America, and the Hemingway Society. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and Ask Again, Yes--a New York Times bestseller and a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Summer Reads Pick. Ask Again, Yes has been sold in twenty-two languages. She lives in New York with her family.


"Gripping... a richly sympathetic and provocative portrait of the very real person behind the pariah." --Caroline Leavitt, The San Francisco Chronicle

"Wholly absorbing, deeply moving... Mallon emerges as a woman of fierce intelligence and wrongheaded conviction... a novel that thrums with life." --Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe

"In Keane's assured hands, Mary Mallon becomes a sympathetic, complex and even inspiring character... a compelling read." --O, the Oprah magazine

"Keane is a talented storyteller, her style plain and steady, not unlike Mary's demeanor. What's most remarkable about this novel is its brilliantly visceral vision of everyday life in early-1900s New York City, a rich and detailed working-class backdrop." --Don Oldenburg, USA Today

"A tender, detailed portrayal of willed ignorance collapsing in the face of truth." --Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review

"In this compelling historical novel, the infamous Typhoid Mary is given great depth and humanity by the gifted Keane." --Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist (starred review)

"Keane's Mallon is a fiercely independent woman grappling with work, love, pride and guilt... turns a maligned figure of legend into a perplexing, compelling survivor." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Fever manages to rescue a demonized woman from history and humanize her brilliantly. Mary Beth Keane brings to light a moving love story behind the headlines, and she carries the reader forward with such efficiency, you will hardly notice how graceful are her sentences and how entwined you have become with this fascinating, heart-breaking story." --Billy Collins

"Fever is a gripping, morally provocative story of love and survival that will take you by surprise at every turn. It is also a radiant portrait of a uniquely indomitable woman and of a uniquely tumultuous time in the history of our country." --Julia Glass