Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders

A Novel of the Plague

eBook - 2002
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Young Anna Frith, a vicar's maid, is faced with the loss of her family, the disintegration of her local community, and a passionate, illicit love as she and her village confront the horrors of the plague, in a historical novel based on real-life events in seventeenth-century England.
Publisher: 2002
ISBN: 9781101079195
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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PimaLib_MaryG Dec 07, 2015

An amazing novel about a town that quarantined itself as the residents died off from the Bubonic Plague to prevent it from spreading. The town is real - there is a historical marker, but not much is known so author Brooks used it as the basis for a richly crafted tale that drew me right in.

Protagonist Anna Frith shows the strong spirit a woman can muster in the bleakest of times. Based on actual events this is as good as historical fiction gets.


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juliarosewaters Sep 13, 2018

I enjoyed 90% of this book, but the end was bizarre and disastrous! :/

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lilypad_1
Jan 02, 2018

This is a compelling read. Despite the overall topic of bubonic plague I had a hard time putting this down. The brutality of living in this time is overwhelming by itself but putting the plague on top of it is almost too much to much to read about when wanting an escape from our times. The heroine of this historical fiction constantly finds more strength within to make her keep going and help others when her own existence is so precarious. Her search for knowledge is inspiring and explains why I continue to want to learn also. I want to read more from this author.

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brendapittsley
Jul 05, 2017

Quite by accident I took this novel with me on a trip to Sweden and Estonia, places that put the plague in historical context. I was in the library looking for a book that was "lightweight" to carry and "airplane readable," so my standards weren't very high. But this literary story formed a perfect backdrop while visiting the medieval Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia, and the many historical museums in Stockholm, all of which touch on plague events experienced locally and the horrific "treatments" employed trying to stop the scourge. The novel is full of surprises and some depictions, though historically accurate, are emotionally challenging. I was engrossed down to the final, uplifting sentence, which made the perfect coda to the story's journey.

LPL_ShirleyB May 13, 2016

This book is an elegantly written feminist view of a gothic period in English history, based on actual events. A movie based on this book is currently in production. In addition to this single copy of the book, we have a book club in a bag kit and a downloadable audiobook read by the author.

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LadyJaneBrais
Jan 16, 2016

Outstanding historical novel, based on true events in 1665 England. This novel is a true gem and captured me before the first chapter was read. My thanks to the readers who leave comments on books, as they have steered me to new books and new authors every week.

PimaLib_MaryG Dec 07, 2015

An amazing novel about a town that quarantined itself as the residents died off from the Bubonic Plague to prevent it from spreading. The town is real - there is a historical marker, but not much is known so author Brooks used it as the basis for a richly crafted tale that drew me right in.

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hildesanders
Oct 01, 2015

Beautifully written book! I would have given Geraldine Brooks 5 stars but I didn't like the end of the book. I'd rather she hadn't moved to a foreign country and raise her child to never be able to reconnect with her birth family.

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gerimark
Jan 07, 2015

set in medieval - pastor & wife key characters helping village deal w/ plague. housemaid is key and loses entire family, but ultimately is a heroine

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Audrey1976
Dec 30, 2014

This is a great work of historical fiction. The author does a fine job of making the reader feel as though they are experiencing these horrific events first hand. I will say that I hated the ending. I'm not sure how I would have liked it to end, we are talking about the Plague after all, but I was not satisfied. I'm willing to overlook that though, as the story was fascinating.

Based on the true story of Eyam, the “Plague Village”, located in the rugged mountains of England in 1666. As the plague ravages the village fearful villagers react with fear and jealousy as the local healer and the town’s minister try to keep the town from falling into complete chaos. This is a riveting novel that really brings to life the ethical and emotional impact dealing with the plague must bring.

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CRRL_AdrianaP Nov 07, 2013

"How was I to face the days and nights to come? There would be no other relief for me; in my two hands I held my only chance of exit from our village and its agonies."

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