"Emma Donoghue has gifted us another intensely detailed historical novel, this one set in a Dublin hospital during the 1918 flu pandemic. With remarkable parallels to our current situation, The Pull of the Stars brings into sharp focus the risks taken by those who care for us, and reminds us that behind all of the horror, trauma and loss, there is love, tenderness and hope. This book is a short, sharp shock to the system, and I was captivated by it from start to finish."
Recommended by: Caoilfhionn Fay, Dubray Head office.
From the international bestselling author of Room.
In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this classic story of hope and survival against all odds.
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