Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

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Penguin Books, 2001 - Fiction - 319 pages
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March and Caleb’s Crossing —an unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England

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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Geraldine Brooks is the author of Year of Wonders and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Previously, Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, stationed in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. END

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