Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders

By Geraldine Brooks

  • Release Date: 2001-08-06
  • Genre: Literary
Year of Wonders book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 161 Ratings)

Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

An unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

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User reviews about this book

  • Year of Wonders

    5
    By PushpushStable
    This novel has met all my criteria of a great work. History, medicine, and England. Beautifully written and alive with descriptive prose, the reader will be moved.
  • B O R I N G

    1
    By Nandolino19
    This book just drags and most of the novel itself is nothing but padding to make it unnecessarily long. It is incredibly dull and the way the author tells the story will leave you scratching your head in confusion.
  • Amazing book

    5
    By Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzff
    Loved it from start to finish. It has some nice twists and the author has mastered eloquence in her writing.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Agne Siauruseviciute
    I will not forget this book!
  • Year of wonders

    1
    By Sdunkster
    Depressing; unbelievable and not worth time or money
  • (:

    5
    By treehggr9
    Lovely!
  • Year of Wonders

    5
    By ksgard99
    This is an amazing book. Despite being about a harsh topic, the author manages to create a wonderful story with many hopeful and uplifting moments. It will make you cry, laugh, and think about the world. This is the kind of book one searches for but rarely finds.

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