The Pull of the Stars: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Donoghue, Emma
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Medical
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Trillium Book Award
Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada
NOW Toronto 10 Best Books of 2020
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020
CBC Books: Best Canadian Fiction of 2020
Globe & Mail 100: Our Favourite Books of 2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: July 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.76in
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From The Publisher*

THE NEW #1 BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WONDER AND ROOM 

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 centre, 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, caregivers 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. 

Review Quote*"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."
Review Quote*"Darkly compelling, illuminated by the light of compassion and tenderness: Donoghue's best novel since Room." 
Review Quote*"Searing… Donoghue's evocation of the 1918 flu, and the valor it demands of health-care workers, will stay with readers."   
Review Quote*"Eerily relevant"
Review Quote*"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."
Review Quote*"Impeccably researched and immensely readable, as always with Donoghue." 
Review Quote*"Pandemic fiction and historical fiction find a home together in this eerily well-timed novel from the author of Room and The Wonder." 
Review Quote*"A timely commentary not only on life and death, but also on the workings of fate. . . . As always, Donoghue catches the reader's attention. Her look at both unforeseen plague and the dangerous rituals of childbirth is riveting and moving. In her disturbing but thought-provoking tale, hope and empathy appear in unexpected ways as patients and nurses alter each other's lives."
Review Quote*"The Pull of the Stars draws you into a world that is at once expansive and ever so small. Donoghue's deft ability to climb up and down the ladder of abstraction allows her to reach great heights and heartbreaking lows. It offers the reader a universe to explore, shooting stars and all."