Kim van Alkemade

Orphan # 8

Forthcoming from William Morrow in May 2015.

In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a smart, lively four-year-old living with her brother, Sam, and their parents in a crowded tenement on the Lower Eastside of New York City. When tragedy strikes the family, Rachel is separated from her brother and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research using the children as her subjects. Selected for one of Dr. Solomonís experiments, Rachel is given x-ray treatments that leave her disfigured. She suffers through years of harassment at the orphanage, relieved only by her deepening friendship with Naomi. At fifteen, Rachel betrays her friend and runs away to Leadville, Colorado to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Now itís 1954 and Rachel is a nurse at Manhattanís Old Hebrews Home. She thinks she has put her painful childhood behind heróuntil elderly Dr. Solomon becomes her patient, forcing her to confront the past. When Rachel discovers those long-ago x-rays threaten her health in the present, she turns on her patient. By controlling Mildred Solomonís medication, she subjects the old doctor to a dangerous experiment of her own design. Before the night shift ends, Rachel will have to choose between forgiveness and revenge.