Year of wonders: a novel of the plague

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Viking, Aug 9, 2001 - Fiction - 308 pages
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This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village", in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar's maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village's desperate fight to save itself. Exploring love and learning, fear and fanaticism, and the struggle of science and religion to interpret the world at the cusp of the modern era, Year of Wonders is at once a story of unconventional love and a richly detailed evocation of a riveting moment in history. Like Arthur Golden's Memories of a Geisha and A. S. Byatt's Posession, Yea

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Surpassing Chicklit

User Review  - been there, read that - Borders

Great read from a great author. Had a friend who was sure her husband would love it because it's so good. I had to spell it out for her that it's chicklit (strong female characters, lesser developed or weak male characters). The quality of the writing is such that it almost defies the category. Read full review

Transcending time and space.

User Review  - stilettoarmy - Borders

This is a beautifully, rich woven story of one woman's struggle through the plague of 1666 and the story of one village touched by love and birth and death and madness and finally enlightenment ... Read full review

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GERALDINE BROOKS is the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction. As an award-winning correspondent for the "Wall Street Journal", Brooks reported on war and famine in the Middle East, Bosnia, and Africa. "Year of Wonders" is her first novel.

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