Year of Wonders

by Geraldine Brooks | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Journal Entry 1 by -Xerxes- on Sunday, December 17, 2023
An unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread of the plague, from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

Journal Entry 2 by -Xerxes- at 1 Darling Island in Pyrmont, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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Geraldine Brooks is a very good author, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former correspondent. I have read numerous of her books and they are all very engaging and well written.

This book is very charming, addressing many emotionally charged topics and containing interesting nuggets of historical truth. The author draws the reader into the emotional world of the characters, making you face into anger, regret, injustice and ambiguous moral situations.

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