Year of wonders: a novel of the plague

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Penguin Books, May 1, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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.

"The novel glitters . . . A deep imaginative engagement with how people are changed by catastrophe." (The New Yorker)

"Year of Wonders is a vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in a time of despair." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

"Brooks proves a gifted storyteller as she subtly reveals how ignorance, hatred and mistrust can be as deadly as any virus. . . . Year of Wonders is itself a wonder." (People )

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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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About the author (2002)

\Geraldine Brooks is the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, the bestselling Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal's Journey from Down Under to All Over. She is also a former war correspondent whose writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post.

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