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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
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Feb 02, 2017

it was amazing
bookshelves: b-bb-book-club, fiction, britain
Read from January 18 to 30, 2017

Different from any novel I've read before, Year of Wonders examines what the breakdown of a society in crisis would feel like from the inside. Based on a true story, the crisis was the Plague in England in 1666 as experienced in a small rural village and seen through the eyes of a perceptive young woman of the working class. Ultimately more people in the village died than remained alive, and in the absence of scientific understanding, people believed it was caused by the wrath of God. The story speculates on how the survivors would cope with loss on such a scale. The protagonist is tough and sympathetic, if a bit more articulate than a person of limited education could reasonably be expected to be. Beautifully, clearly, and sensitively written, with a dramatic twist at the end, this is one to curl up with and ponder long after finishing. Ideal for book club discussions.

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