Title: Wonder, The
Authors: Donoghue, Emma
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 291
Year: 2016
Publisher: Picador
Language: English
Description: A wonder or a hoax? Eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell has supposedly not eaten for months. Lib Wright, a 'Nightingale' nurse fresh from the Crimea, has been employed by the parish, along with a nun, to monitor the veracity of the claim. Athlone is an impoverished Irish village, a place where faith and superstition are practised hand-in hand, and Anna's welfare is a hotbed of conflicted interest. What possible effect could a lone Englishwoman working with 'scientific nursing principles' have on a family and a community who believe in miracles?

This is an intriguing story, an atmospheric mystery, true to the period and rich with the trappings of faith.
Categories: Fiction, Community, Historical, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Religion, Ireland, 2019 Titles


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By: ALEXA 004 2019-05-30 13:39:46
Led to a great discussion on faith vs dogma. Felt the book itself was a "game of 2 halves" - slow to begin with then a rapid conclusion.

By: HAVE 011 2019-05-30 13:36:08
Lively discussion - everyone enjoyed the book. Thought perhaps that the ending was contrived but thankful it was happy. Characters richly drawn. The mother was despicable - invoked strong feelings as so particularly well portrayed.

By: TAUR 039 2019-05-30 13:33:48
Loved this one. Winner!!

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