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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
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  • Published:
    Sep-2016 (Hardcover)
    Sep-2016 (Paperback)
  • Formats:
    Print / eBook / Audio
  • Pages:
    272
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This book has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize this year. This is a strange tale set in mid-19th century Ireland. Lib Wright is an English nurse who has been sent to a small Irish village to be an observer for a young 11 year old girl who has claimed to not have eaten any food for four months. Lib is a Crimean nurse who had trained under Miss Nigthingale. She hopes to prove that Anna O'Donnell and her family are fraudsters, as no human can live without sustenance for four months. When she arrives she finds a very devout little girl who, though frail, appears fairly healthy and functional. The story is set over two weeks, and during that time, Lib and Anna form a bond that changes both of their lives forever. I found that the story was fascinating and Ms. Donaghue writes psychological suspense like no other, but I found the book had a slow start, but it definitely picked up in the last half. A strange tale, but handled with aplomb by Ms. Donaghue.
Shirley
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