Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

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Fourth Estate, 2002 - Fiction - 310 pages
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"When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated mountain village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the plague year, 1666, as her fellow villagers make an extraordinary choice: convinced by a visionary young minister, they elect to quarantine themselves within the village boundaries to arrest the spread of the disease. But as death reaches into every household, faith frays. When the villagers turn from payers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must confront the deaths of family members, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive, a year of plague becomes instead an annus mirabilis, a 'year of wonders'." - back cover.

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Fact: in 1665-1666 Eyme England quarantined itself because of an outbreak of plague. From this tidbit of history, Brooks crafts a wonderful novel. This work of fiction follows Anna Firth, maid and ... Read full review

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Whoever thought of writing their first novel about the Plague! Wow, great writing and different subject matter. Heard it as an audio CD. The reader does a great job too. I actually liked this better than March. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Geraldine Brooks was born and raised in Australia. After moving to the USA she worked for eleven years on the Wall Street Journal, covering stories from some of the world's most troubled areas, including Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East. Her first novel, 'Year of Wonders' became an international bestseller and her second, 'March' won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She lives with her husband and son in rural Virginia and is currently a fellow at Harvard University.

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