Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The Wonder, is set in a small village in the middle of Ireland in 1859. The title refers to Anna, a young girl who claims to have not eaten in four months. A nurse trained by Florence Nightingale, Lib Wright, has been summoned to join another nurse in a round-the-clock monitoring of Anna to observe her with the intention to either affirm her claim or uncover how she is acquiring nourishment. Readers join this watch with Lib, and like observing a roadside accident, I found I could not look away. Anna’s health deteriorates as Lib watches, and Donoghue draws us gradually toward understanding of Anna and her fasting. Donoghue’s prose is finely written, and in this novel she tells a great story. I loved the novel from beginning to end. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Wonder from amazon.com.