The Winter Station by Jody Shields

The Winter Station

An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria - before it spreads to the rest of the world.1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway outpost in Northern China. Strangely, some of the dead bodies vanish before they can be identified.During a dangerously cold winter in a city gripped by fear, the Baron, a wealthy Russian aristocrat ...

Details The Winter Station

TitleThe Winter Station
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Russia, Mystery

Reviews The Winter Station

  • Fran
    Kharbin, established in 1898, was built in the Manchurian wilderness by order of the czar. Kharbin was divided into four unequal districts by the Russian occupiers. General Dmitry Khorvat, the administrator, lived in Novy Gorod, the district housing rich Russians. Fuchiatien, a Chinese shantytown, was built on lowlands near the Sungari River. Baron von Budberg, hailing from St. Petersburg, was a Russian diplomat's son. He lived in Fuchiatien with...
  • Faith
    I made it through about 30% of this book before abandoning it. The book just never drew me in, it was all tell and no show. Nothing had happened by that point other than a lot of conversation and calligraphy. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
  • Nancy
    The Winter Station by Jody Shields was just the read I needed. I was experiencing a lack of motivation and knew it was time to pick up a book that would sweep me along into it's world.Based on a "true story that has been lost to history," the atmospheric setting is beautifully detailed, the mystery revealed with a slow build up of suspense, the characters fully realized and sympathetic.The story takes place in the winter of 1910 in a remote Manch...
  • Stacia
    I think Jody Shields' interests & strengths as a writer are in creating an artistic, atmospheric experience. If you're looking for a purely plot-driven story, her work is not going to satisfy you.I love the way she writes & explores intersections: meetings, clashings, & meldings of cultures, times, beliefs. As in The Fig Eater (a book I loved), Shields creates an icy winter setting that will make you shiver as you explore a place & people on the ...
  • Donna Hines
    During a season of terror with the plague killing masses; this is a story like no other showing resilience , courage, love, and ultimately loyalty.Jody Shields proves that this novel will be memorable as she shows her fearless writing.Set during 1910 in Kharbin ( a major Railway outpost in Northern China) with strong willed characters who face the forefront of disaster.The plague not only has taken over physically it threatens the mental capacity...
  • Heather Boaz ( mlleboaz.bibliophile)
    Thank you Little Brown & Co for the opportunity to read and review this book!It is important to know before you read, that this is very much a mood read. Best read in the depths of winter, when you have a clear mind, ready to focus a bit and escape into another world. There is a quality to this story that is incredibly meditative - it is set in 1910 in a Russian outpost in Manchuria. Perhaps it is the biting cold, or perhaps the elements of Chine...
  • Heather Scott Partington
    Jody Shields’s new novel, “The Winter Station,” takes place in 1910 Kharbin, a bleak Russian-controlled outpost in Manchuria. People are dying; their bodies are disappearing mysteriously. Baron von Budberg, the town’s aristocratic doctor, discovers an epidemic and a coverup.In this tale based on an actual Manchurian plague, much is still unknown about the transmission of the disease, even to the various Eastern and Western doctors. The ci...
  • Ashton
    I read this book twice. The second time I gave it more stars!!! I received this book as an ARC from the publisher, however, my opinions are my own!I read this book twice. The first time I gave it 3.5 stars. The second I'm willing to give it 4. I didn't necessarily like the story, nor did I feel the writing was all that exceptional the first time through. However, with a second reading, the incredible skill with which the author detailed the book...
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    I really wanted to like this book. It’s solidly written with some lovely turns of phrase; the main character is developed well enough (though I’m afraid I can’t quite say the same for many of the supporting cast); and the plot, at least in summary (A mysterious plague has struck! Can the city’s doctors stop it before it spreads, or they themselves are infected?), is an interesting one.But this book was never able to hook me. I reached the...
  • Joyce
    This story takes place in the winter of 1910. It is based on a true story and isabout the plague that hits Kharbin,a major railway outpost in northernChina. The main characters are a wealthy Baron and the city’s medicalCommissioner who try to stop the plague. They are torn between duty andCompassion and medical science and respect for the Chinese people andtheir cultural traditions. Love, fear and morality play a big role in the story.It was an...
  • Shuriu
    The Baron was given a three-layered wolf-fur brush to create small strokes and dots. His posture was correct, and his neck muscles tightened with tension. His hand trembled. He could wield a scalpel with delicacy but the brush was a clumsy twig in his hand. He struggled, powerless to control his movement, to calm himself. Teacher told him to stop. "You must consider the brush in a different way. Release the brush." "Put it down?" "No. Release the...
  • Nada
    The Winter Station byJody Shields once again reaffirms the role historical fiction plays in introducing me to history I don't know. I end up spending more time with the history than the story itself. The history is fascinating. The story as told in the book is compelling in the intensity of the situation but less interesting to read. Nothing much happens. The book is slow-paced and sometimes repetitive with an abrupt ending. Read my complete revi...
  • Annie
    As it is portrayed in Jody Shields’ The Winter Station, Harbin, Manchuria is the ends of the earth. It is a frozen outpost in winter and the Chinese Eastern Railway is its lifeline to the rest of the world. In the winter of 1910-1911, the city was maintaining a rough balance between the Russians who brought the railroad and money into the city and the Chinese who provided all the hard labor. That balance is severely tested when pneumonic plague...
  • Anita Elder
    If I can't get into a book within a couple of chapters, I give up. This was one of those books.
  • Chelsea
    More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.This was another book that struck my eye while at the bookstore, but it wasn't one that intrigued me quite enough to shell out the jacket price for it. Luckily, that is what the public library is for.This is a book about a plague--pneumonic plague, particularly, one that ravaged the city of Harbin (known as Kharbin the book, due to its Russian perspective) in the early twentieth century. ...
  • Carla
    **Thank you Little, Brown & Company for my free final copy in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**“Someone coughed intermittently. He sensed the contamination that haunted the room, filled the thickness of the air, was layered on every surface, spread across his open eyes, entered his nose, his body. It was constant, invisible, like a vibration of music. Each bed held danger. His breath became irregular and he began to sweat in hi...
  • Samantha
    In a world where poverty and ethnicity are a death sentence, the taunt and compelling The Winter Station slides Russian-Chinese tension under a microscope. Jody Shields' novel is a captivating read is based on a true story, a mysterious plague spreads during the winter of 1910 in a Russian controlled outpost in Chinese territory.The main character, the Baron, takes on the mantle trying to solve the plague long before the government is willing to ...
  • Sandy
    “The Winter Station” by Jody Shields is indeed reminiscent of the Russian novels I remember reading in high school and college. Life is grim, the landscape stark and cold, the people quite unhappy.In a good winter it would be depressing, but in the winter of 1910-1911, a plague struck the area of Kharbin, a city created by order of the czar, with four distinct districts created by the Russian occupation. Fuchiatien is the poverty stricken Chi...
  • Joyce
    It's hard to imagine a bleaker spot or time--an isolated Russian enclave in Manchuria in 1910 during the dead of winter. It's a curious spot, Russian but filled with poorly treated Chinese and Japanese. Political unrest simmers but the bigger issue becomes the plague, which the Russian aristocrat/doctor must curtail lest it spread beyond this small area. Lots of problems: how to treat (western medicine or Chinese?), how to keep bodies from disapp...
  • Kathleen Gray
    This is absolutely wonderful and unique historical fiction. Set in 1910 Harbin, it tells the tale of the Baron, Chief Medical Examiner for the city, and his friends as they try to cope with an epidemic of plague. Who would have expected plague to be the basis of such an interesting story but Shields has done it by creating terrific characters. The Baron, his colleague Messonier, Andreev the smuggler, General Khorvat, Chang the dwarf- they are all...
  • Dorinda Brown
    In the city of Kharbin, a Russian controlled railroad outpost, bodies are mysteriously showing up and also disappearing before they can be identified. The Baron, a Russian aristocrat and medical commissioner, is determined to stop this plague and figure out how it is spreading. The Baron is very sympathetic to the cultural differences between the Russians and their Chinese neighbors, and these cultural nuances at times makes it difficult for the ...
  • Katie
    2.5 stars rounded to 3.0 as the historical fiction introduced me to the lost Khurbanic plague that threatened a whole city and its fear of expanding. Set in Manchuria during a harsh winter, the author did an amazing job of describing the relationship between the Russians and the Chinese and the clash of their cultures. The main character, the Russian Barron doctor, was married to a Chinese woman and showed much respect for the Chinese culture des...
  • Jill
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and I was so excited to start reading it because it also fits a category for a reading challenge that I'm working on. The book has a really interesting premise and focuses on a time and place that I don't know a lot about: Manchuria in the early 1910s. The reading went very slowly for me. While I was interested in the plot of this historical fiction, the characters never really grabbed me and the plot seeme...
  • Steve
    Based on a true story and set in Kharbin a imperial Russian city located inside China in 1910 this book was a fascinating look at life in this divided city. During a bitterly cold winter a mysterious plague breaks out, and the Baron, a Russian aristocrat, doctor, and the city's medical commissioner works to stop it. Established as a railroad hub, Kharbin is a particularly dangerous place for a disease to arise because it could spread quickly via ...
  • Linda
    At first, I didn't like this book, but I was captivated with the plot of a plague of death seeking so many, both Russian and Chinese, and many one foolish to touch an infected person without covering their face and hands! The book was set in 1910 in Kharbin, a Russian ruled major railway outpost in North China. Masses are dying, the dead bodies frozen in the streets so crowded that the unaffected feared to touch the dead or they would become infe...
  • Sharon Lawler
    Mesmerizing historical fiction based on the actual 1910-1911 Manchurian Plague, which spread from railroad stop to railroad stop. The politics between the Russian, the Chinese, and the Japanese, on the recognition, management, and treatment of this highly contagious and deadly disease, is the focal points, as are the coping mechanisms of the main characters. This included tea and the tea ceremony, calligraphy lessons, fortune tellers, and ice sai...
  • Jennifer
    This book is based on a true story of the plague that occurred in Russia in the early 20th century. It was interesting to think about this period and other times in history when a cure for a disease did not exist and how doctors were completely helpless with treatment options. The characters seemed very believable and I found the differences of the two cultures (Russian and Chinese) a very interesting aspect of the book. I thought of the current ...
  • Sarah Wagner
    While I can't say I loved this book, it did transport me to a place I knew little about - Russian-controlled Manchuria in the early 20th century during an outbreak of plague. The main character is a Russian doctor who must work with both Russian and Chinese colleagues to flight an epidemic that was not fully understood. I felt like the characters could have been more distinctive and better developed, but the setting piqued my interest - and I'll ...