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Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
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Jul 27, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

Story within a story. Alma Huebner writes at a medical do-gooder, Spaniard Francisco Xavier Balmis, who in 1803 unertook to vaccinate the populations of Spain's American colonies against smallpox. To do this, he required live "carriers" of the vaccine, orphan boys who are the charges of Isabel Sendales y Gomez, herself scarred with smallpox. Alma decides to not go with her husband Richard when he travels to her native land, The Dominican Republic, on an extended AIDS assignment. Alvarez exposes the conflict between altruism and ambition.

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