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Year of Wonders

Brooks, Geraldine

(Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Year of Wonders
"When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated mountain village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes, we follow the story of the plague year, 1666, as her fellow villagers make an extraordinary choice. Convinced by a visionary young minister, they elect to quarantine themselves within the village boundaries to arrest the spread of the disease. But as death reaches into every household, faith frays. When villagers turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna must confront the deaths of family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As she struggles to survive, a year of plague becomes, instead, annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders.' Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged mountain spine of England. Year of Wonders is a detailed evocation of a singular moment in history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2001
ISBN: 067091021X
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 07, 2015
  • gerimark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 16, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was recommended to me by a customer. It's about the English village of Eyam, whose residents attempt to control the spread of The Plague by quarantining themselves. Sounds depressing? That's what I thought at first. But I decided to give it a try anyways and I'm so glad I did. A gripping and beautifully written story that I could not put down.

Dec 03, 2013
  • mooncat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book and thought it was beautifully written. However I was really disappointed with the ending as I didn't feel it fitting to the story.

Jul 19, 2012
  • fictionrules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Book about a plague in England during the 17th century. A small village cuts itself off from the world and deals with a misunderstood medical disaster. Based on a true story and researched by the author while she was on assignment as a reporter. The main character is a strong, resilent young women who almost lost it all. She revels herself to be a highly compassionate and forgiving women of unlimited resourcefulness. Loved it as I do all of this authors work so far. March is also brilliant and worth reading.

Oct 24, 2011
  • LuciaLeblanc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Plot - introduce new character, dead by the end of the page

Apr 21, 2011
  • TheSponge rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An unforgettable story!
Year of Wonders is a novel inspired by the true story of the little town of Eyam in Derbyshire, known as the Plague Village, during the years 1665 - 1666. Not exactly a happy topic, but well worth the time, I thought.

Mar 09, 2011
  • tessyjay rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book. Get it and read it! Geraldine Brooks is one of the best authors I've read.

Dec 08, 2010
  • nicolereeves2003 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful story based on a true event. Simple yet beautifully written. This book is a joy to read.

Sep 20, 2010
  • usersjc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I strongly recommend everything this author has written. This one is perhaps not my favorite of Geraldine Brooks (that would be People of the Book), but Year of Wonders is still an excellent book.

Had difficulty getting through this story. It seemed to take forever to unfold.


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