The Pull of the Stars

A Novel

by Emma Donoghue

On Sale: 07/21/2020

The Pull of the Stars

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The Pull of the Stars

A Novel

by Emma Donoghue

On Sale: 07/21/2020

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Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM.

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, 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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Critical Praise

"Donoghue. . . . offers vivid characters and a gripping portrait of a world beset by a pandemic and political uncertainty. A fascinating read in these difficult times." - Booklist (starred review)

“Darkly compelling, illuminated by the light of compassion and tenderness: Donoghue’s best novel since Room.”  - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Searing… Donoghue’s evocation of the 1918 flu, and the valor it demands of health-care workers, will stay with readers.”    - Publishers Weekly

“Eerily relevant” - Elle (Canada)

“Donoghue, a first-rate historical novelist, skillfully weaves the era’s primitive medical understanding and social prejudices into her moving story of three caregivers with little but loving care to give.” - Maclean's

“Impeccably researched and immensely readable, as always with Donoghue.”  - Toronto Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443461788
  • ISBN 10: 1443461784
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 07/21/2020
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:33.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Medical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / General

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