Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks audiobook

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

By Geraldine Brooks
Read by Geraldine Brooks

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781455136223

  • ISBN: 9781441754516

  • ISBN: 9781441754547

Runtime: 10.10 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

   A New York Times Notable Book

A Washington Post Notable Book

Winner of the 2002 YALSA Alex Award

When the plague visits an isolated village in the English countryside, 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 endure a self-imposed quarantine to keep the disease from spreading. 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 the village of Eyam, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. With stunning emotional intelligence, Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal, into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in a time of despair.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Brooks proves a gifted storyteller as she subtly reveals how ignorance, hatred and mistrust can be as deadly as any virus…Year of Wonders is itself a wonder.” People
“The novel glitters with careful research into such arcana as seventeenth-century lead-mining, sheep-farming, and, of course, medicine, but its true strength is a deep imaginative engagement with how people are changed by catastrophe.” New Yorker
“Discriminating readers who view the term historical novel with disdain will find that this debut by praised journalist Brooks is to conventional work in the genre as a diamond is to a rhinestone. With an intensely observant eye, a rigorous regard for period detail, and assured, elegant prose…Brooks keeps readers glued through starkly dramatic episodes and a haunting story of flawed, despairing human beings. This poignant and powerful account carries the pulsing beat of a sensitive imagination and the challenge of moral complexity.” Publishers Weekly
“There is no mistaking the power of Brooks’ imagination or the skill with which she constructs her story of ordinary people struggling to cope with extraordinary circumstances.” Amazon.com Review
“Fans of Judith Merkle Riley’s historical novels will find much to savor…Recommended for all fiction collections.” Library Journal
“The story is a portrait of the best and worst in people faced with sorrow, terror, and death…An excellently portrayed study of the wonder of human courage.” School Library Journal

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Geraldine Brooks

Author Bio: Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, Year of Wonders, and People of the Book and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. She was previously a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English