Year of Wonders – Review

year“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. – Good Reads

This is the first book by Geraldine Brooks that I have ever read.  Although the subject matter was not enjoyable I did enjoy the authors style.

The story is set in 1665-1666 in a small village that quickly becomes consumed by the plague.  The struggles and lessons that Anna has to go through in order to help those around her are beyond anything I can comprehend.  At one point the Minister of the village loses his “faith” after losing his wife to the plague.  Anna was close to his wife as they worked to minister medicines and relief to those who were sick and she suffered in her own way at the loss of her friend.

Geraldine Brooks is an excellent author and I have my next book by her reserved.


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