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An unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 

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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    Based on the true and harrowing ordeals of the people of Eyam, Brook's novel is one of my all time favourite reads. Although obviously exaggerated for the sake of dramatic emphasis, the book is nonetheless extremely well researched and well considered. Dramatic, engaging and spine tingling, Year of Wonders is is well worth a read for history lovers and those who appreciate a finely crafted story.

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    Geraldine Brooks brings to life the experience of living through the plague of 1665/6 while a community struggles to survive in the midst of loss, and where the cause of the disease is questioned and the religious faith is challenged; where suffering brings out the best and also the darker sides of the human spirit. Well worth reading.

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