Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders

Book rating: 05 Paperback Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin

By (author) Geraldine Brooks

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  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 174mm x 22mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142000787
  • ISBN 13: 9780142000786
  • Sales rank: 2,024

Product description

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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By jane 28 Nov 2011 5

my favourite book of all time!! Geraldine Brooks is a fabulous historical fiction writer. must read!

By GEORGINA LEWIS 17 Mar 2011 5

I loved this book. I am a feminist and I love history and women's stories. Its a fascinating account of a village during the plague, from a woman's perspective. Highly recommended.