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Year of Wonders

Posted by nliakos on June 19, 2014

by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2001)

A great read! I confess I rushed through it in about 2 days. It was hard to put down. The book is set in England in the years 1665-1666, during an epidemic of bubonic plague. The narrator, Anna Frith, is a servant in the rectory of a village of several hundred people.  When plague begins to kill the villagers, rector Michael Mompellion encourages everyone to quarantine themselves rather than spreading it further to the surrounding villages (this is based on something similar done in the actual village of Eyam, known as “Plague Village”). As more and more people die of the dreaded disease, the people are sorely tested as their community is fractured by illness, death, loss, betrayal and even murder. Anna, one of those who is not susceptible to the plague, takes on a role as healer and much more, together with the rector’s beautiful wife Elinor. An unlikely friendship blooms between Anna and Elinor, but Anna doesn’t learn the whole truth about Elinor and Michael until after Elinor dies. (I found that part kind of hard to swallow.)  I won’t say more, as I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. If you like historical fiction and strong, gutsy female characters, you will love this book.

2 Responses to “Year of Wonders”

  1. […] proceeds to make you care about him/her/it. I have already blogged about People of the Book and Year of Wonders. They were marvelous, but no more so than this novel based on the little that is known about Caleb […]

  2. […] loved Geraldine Brooks’ fiction (Caleb’s Crossing, Year of Wonders, People of the Book, and The Secret Chord, and March) and have been looking forward to sampling her […]

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