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The Pull of the Stars: A Novel
by Donoghue Emma

Published: 2020-07-21T00:0
Hardcover : 304 pages
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“Don’t believe history repeats itself? Read this book…an arresting new page turner of a novel… [The Pull of the Stars] takes place almost entirely in a single room and unfolds at the pace of a thriller.” ?Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times

“In doing a deep dive into the ...

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“Don’t believe history repeats itself? Read this book…an arresting new page turner of a novel… [The Pull of the Stars] takes place almost entirely in a single room and unfolds at the pace of a thriller.” ?Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times

“In doing a deep dive into the miseries and terrors of the past, Donoghue presciently anticipated the miseries and terrors of our present. . . . A deft, lyrical and sometimes even cheeky writer . . . she’s given us our first pandemic caregiver novel -- an engrossing and inadvertently topical story about health care workers inside small rooms fighting to preserve life.” ?Maureen Corrigan, NPR

"In Dublin, 1918, a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu is a small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love, in "Donoghue's best novel since Room" (Kirkus Reviews)

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders -- Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel 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 new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

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What parallels can you see between 1918 and 2020 pandemics?
by lizblair (see profile) 11/30/20

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  "The Pull of the Stars is an interesting read "by lizblair (see profile) 11/30/20

The Pull of the Stars is an interesting read. Published just before the Covid 19 global pandemic in February 2020, it is eerie to read this book of fiction set in 1918. What the writer writes about, we... (read more)

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