When a bolt of flee infested material arrives in a small village outside London, the Plague comes with it.
Anna Frith, somehow immune, is thrust into the role of healer and caretaker as the sickness ravages her village.
Persuaded by the local pastor, the village quarantines itself in the hopes of preventing spreading the sickness to nearby villages.
Death visits nearly every home and villagers start turning on each other, looking for someone to blame.
This is the story of how life must go on even when surrounded by death, and how Anna carries on despite unthinkable hardship.— Katie
Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.
Praise for Year of Wonders:
"The novel glitters . . . A deep imaginative engagement with how people are changed by catastrophe." —The New Yorker
“Plague stories remind us that we cannot manage without community . . . Year of Wonders is a testament to that very notion . . . [The villagers] assume collective responsibility for combating the plague, rather than seeing it as an act of God before which they are powerless.” —The Washington Post
"Year of Wonders is a vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in a time of despair." —O, The Oprah Magazine
"Brooks proves a gifted storyteller as she subtly reveals how ignorance, hatred and mistrust can be as deadly as any virus. . . . Year of Wonders is itself a wonder." —People
"A glimpse into the strangeness of history that simultaneously enables us to see a reflection of ourselves." —The New York Times Book Review
"Elegant and engaging." —Arthur Golden
"Year of Wonders has it all: strong characters, a trememdous sense of time and place, a clearly defined heroine and a dastardly villain." —The Denver Post