From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'March' and 'People of the Book'. A young woman's struggle to save her family and her soul during the extraordinary year of 1666, when plague suddenly struck a small Derbyshire village. In 1666, plague swept through London, driving the King and his court to Oxford, and Samuel Pepys to Greenwich, in an ...
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'March' and 'People of the Book'. A young woman's struggle to save her family and her soul during the extraordinary year of 1666, when plague suddenly struck a small Derbyshire village. In 1666, plague swept through London, driving the King and his court to Oxford, and Samuel Pepys to Greenwich, in an attempt to escape contagion. The north of England remained untouched until, in a small community of leadminers and hill farmers, a bolt of cloth arrived from the capital. The tailor who cut the cloth had no way of knowing that the damp fabric carried with it bubonic infection. So begins the Year of Wonders, in which a Pennine village of 350 souls confronts a scourge beyond remedy or understanding. Desperate, the villagers turn to sorcery, herb lore, and murderous witch-hunting. Then, led by a young and charismatic preacher, they elect to isolate themselves in a fatal quarantine. The story is told through the eyes of Anna Frith who, at only 18, must contend with the death of her family, the disintegration of her society, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit attraction. Geraldine Brooks's novel explores love and learning, fear and fanaticism, and the struggle of 17th century science and religion to deal with a seemingly diabolical pestilence. 'Year of Wonders' is also an eloquent memorial to the real-life Derbyshire villagers who chose to suffer alone during England's last great plague.
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Fabulous read, and very good book club discussion book. Interesting characters, and learned something of the plague which i knew nothing about.
May 2, 2013
A great read. I loved it. My husband loved it. Transport back to an earlier time England mid-1600s. The language in archaic enough to make you feel you are actually back in time, yet not so archaic that you have any trouble at all following the story. If you enjoy historical fiction or just fiction set in older times this is for you.
Feb 22, 2013
A don't want to stop reading book. Loved it.
Heroine had me soon as I got comfortable in my chair.
Nov 8, 2012
One of the best books ever
a very well written story on the plague in England.
through the eyes of someone who has to deal with the ordeal of caring and burying all the people around her. The book is written with wit and masterfully takes you to a very difficult time in the life of a town covered with sickness, envy, faith and love.
Apr 14, 2011
Well written story in keeping with her literary skills and diligent research.
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