Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

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Penguin, Apr 30, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
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An unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England 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.
 

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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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Contents

Applepicking Time
The Thunder of His Voice
Sign of a Witch
Wide Green Prison
The Poppies of Lethe
Among Those That Go Down to the
The Body of the Mine
A Great Burning
Deliverance
Epilogue
Copyright

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Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons. 




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