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The Wonder by [Emma Donoghue]

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"Fascinating.... Like The Turn of the Screw, the novel opens irresistibly, when a young woman with a troubled past gets an enigmatic posting in a remote place.... Heartbreaking and transcendent and almost religious in itself."―Sarah Lyall, New York Times

"A fine, fact-based historical novel, an old-school page turner...Donoghue has written, with crackling intensity, about [spirituality's] power to destroy."―
Stephen King, New York Times Book Review

"[Donoghue's] contemporary thriller
Room made [her] an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Outstanding.... Exploring the nature of faith and trust with heartrending intensity, Donoghue's superb novel will leave few unaffected."―
Sarah Johnson, Booklist (starred review)

"Donoghue demonstrates her versatility by dabbling in a wide range of literary styles in this latest novel.... The closely imagined, intricately drawn story possesses many of the same alluring qualities as her bestseller,
Room. .... Donoghue's engrossing novel is loaded with descriptions of period customs and 19th-century Catholic devotional objects and prayers...[and] asks daring questions about just how far some might go to prove their faith."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Donoghue is known for her bestselling novel,
Room.... [But] she is also well versed in historical fiction. THE WONDER brings together the best of all, combining a gracefully tense, young voice with a richly detailed historical setting."―The Millions

"Readers of historical fiction will gravitate to this tale."―
Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times

"A riveting allegory about the trickle-down effect of trauma."―
Megan O'Grady, Vogue

"Donoghue poses powerful questions about faith and belief all the while crafting a compelling story and an evocative portrait of 19th-century Irish provincial society."
Tom Beer, Newsday

"Donoghue's superb thriller will keep readers hanging on to every word, pondering how far one will go to prove her faith."―
Liz Loerke, Real Simple

"Gripping."―
Claire Stern, InStyle.com

"What at first seems a simple matter becomes far more-stick with it, the payoff is there."―
Steph Opitz, Marie Claire

"Fresh and unusually lively historical fiction. [Donoghue's] latest novel brings together both her preoccupation with child peril and her gift for history."
Boris Kachka, Vulture

"A haunting novel about good vs. evil."―
Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar

"Like [
Room], THE WONDERexplores a dark, insular, and rigidly controlled environment.... Donoghue's clever use of an outsider as narrator lets her explain anomalies to us-what a creepie is (a log stool) and why people tie rags to a tree (to hold their pain)-as she encounters them herself. But there is more to this mystery than superstitions and local dialect. Lib must decipher the private truths of Anna and her family, who have closed ranks in grief over the loss of a son. She must puzzle out the community itself and its contradictory beliefs in religion, science, and tradition. And Lib has her own sorrowful secrets, her own need for personal redemption. Donoghue deftly pairs the two stories, and as Lib uncovers the truth about Anna, she gradually owns the truth about herself."―Roxana Robinson, O, The Oprah Magazine

"Riveting.... Highly recommended."―
Valerie Koehler, Literary Hub

"THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue is just that: 'a wonder' of a story about religious delusion and self-denial [that] teem[s] with drama and great moral questions.... Donoghue manages to engage larger mysteries of faith, doubt and evil without sacrificing the lyricism of her language or the suspense of her storyline."―Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

"Donoghue proves herself endlessly inventive.... This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night
and make you smarter."--Julie Buntin, Cosmopolitan

"Rich hauls of historical research, deeply excavated but lightly borne.... [An] ingenious telling."--David Kipen,
Wall Street Journal

"All spectacle and gothic horror and inevitably hard to put down."―
Stassa Edwards, Jezebel

"Has that vivid, ripped-from-the-headlines feel that comes from an author's utter fascination with a real-world subject.... THE WONDER is deliciously gothic.... Dark and vivid, with complicated characters, this is a novel that lodges itself deep."―
Steph Cha, USA Today, 3/4 stars

"Fodder for endless book club debates."―
Meghan O'Gieblyn, Los Angeles Review of Books

"A fine work, adept and compelling in voice, plot, and moral complexity.... Donoghue deals out the cards with real skill."―
Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe

"A locked-room mystery, set in atmospheric 19th-century Ireland and as spare, in its own way, as
Room.... A fable as lean and discomfiting as Anna's dwindling body.... Donoghue keeps us riveted to Lib's perspective throughout.... Thanks to the complexity of Donoghue's ideas, there's plenty on which to ruminate."―Amy Gentry, Chicago Tribune

"Donoghue, a writer of great vitality and generosity-one gets the sense that she would gladly have her characters over for dinner, as long as they'd agree to eat-has been drawn repeatedly to the genre of historical fiction not so much to inhabit or reinterpret the past as to try to fit together its overlooked, missing pieces.... Fiction is small solace for history's grief, but it's one way to set the record straight."―
Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker

"A blazing historical novel."
Marion Winik, Newsday

"Donoghue is a master of plot, and her prose is especially exquisite in depicting ambiguity...

Lib is a heroine the modern woman can admire."―
Sarah Begley, Time Magazine

"As in "Room," Ms. Donoghue proves a shrewd observer of the parental urge to distort reality to protect children-and themselves"―
Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"Donoghue's measured prose is at its best when depicting damaged and failing flesh with extraordinarily vivid economy"―
Financial Times

"An excellent new novel that is as much a mystery as it is an analysis of the extent to which some people are governed by their faith."―
Houston Chronicle

"A haunting page-turner, filled with Donoghue's enchanting phrasemaking―
The Seattle Times

"This a completely engrossing read-you will barely be able to tear yourself away from it".―
Next Avenue --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From the Back Cover

A Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist and #1 bestseller, The Wonder is the latest masterpiece from Man Booker Prize–shortlisted author Emma Donoghue

A village in 1850s Ireland is baffled by Anna O’Donnell’s fast. The little girl appears to be thriving after months without food, and the story of this “wonder” has reached fever pitch. Tourists flock to the O’Donnell family’s cabin, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale, who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud. As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in slow motion.

The Wonder works beautifully on many levels—as a simple tale of two strangers who will transform each other’s lives, as a powerful psychological thriller, and as a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01A5VQTLC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; Large Print edition (September 20, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 20, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2657 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 303 pages
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Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include the international bestseller "Room" (her screen adaptation was nominated for four Oscars), "Frog Music", "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter," "Landing," "Life Mask," "Hood," and "Stirfry." Her story collections are "Astray", "The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits," "Kissing the Witch," and "Touchy Subjects." She also writes literary history, and plays for stage and radio. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two children.

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