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The great divide : a novel / Cristina Henriquez.


"It is said that the canal will be the greatest feat of engineering in history. But first, it must be built. For Francisco, a local fisherman who resents the foreign powers clamoring for a slice of his country, nothing is more upsetting than the decision of his son, Omar, to work as a digger in the excavation zone. But for Omar, whose upbringing was quiet and lonely, this job offers a chance to finally find connection. Ada Bunting is a bold sixteen-year-old from Barbados who arrives in Panama as a stowaway alongside thousands of other West Indians seeking work. Alone and with no resources, she is determined to find a job that will earn enough money for her ailing sister's surgery. When she sees a young man--Omar--who has collapsed after a grueling shift, she is the only one who rushes to his aid. John Oswald has dedicated his life to scientific research and has journeyed to Panama in single-minded pursuit of one goal: eliminating malaria. But now, his wife, Marian, has fallen ill herself, and when he witnesses Ada's bravery and compassion, he hires her on the spot as a caregiver. This fateful decision sets in motion a sweeping tale of ambition, loyalty, and sacrifice." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063291324
  • ISBN: 0063291320
  • Physical Description: 321 pages : map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2024]
Subject: Canals > Design and construction > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Fishers > Fiction.
Canal construction workers > Fiction.
Caregivers > Fiction.
Malaria > Fiction.
Immigrants > Panama > Fiction.
Panama Canal (Panama) > History > Fiction.
Canal Zone > History > Fiction.
Genre: Proletarian fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 19 of 34 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 6 current holds with 34 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rolla Public Library FIC HEN (Text) 38256101867996 Adult Fiction Checked out 05/02/2024

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