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: 2,162

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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Author information

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

Customer reviews

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.

Review quote

"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 "A glimpse into the strangeness of history that simultaneously enables us to see a reflection of ourselves." —The New York Times Book Review"Elegant and engaging." —Arthur Golden"Year of Wonders has it all: strong characters, a trememdous sense of time and place, a clearly defined heroine and a dastardly villain." —The Denver Post