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Review of Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

ICYMI: Geraldine Brooks crafts a historical fiction story of 1666, a year in which disease, fear, and loss make way for redemption, unexpected joys, and inspiration in a remote English village.

I recently read Geraldine Brooks's newest book, Horse, and I realized that I haven't posted a Bossy review of another Brooks favorite of mine, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.

In 17th century England, an infected bolt of cloth carries the plague from London to a small town.

Anna Frith emerges as an unexpected healer when her isolated village faces the terrors of suffering, death, superstition, and suspicion as the plague decimates its population.

But through the pain, witch-hunting, loss, and confusion of the year, the community finds unexpected surprises, joys, and inspiration.

In Year of Wonders, Brooks shapes a vivid world that comes to life because of the author's painstaking research and the engrossing details she includes of life at the time.

Brooks's story was inspired by the true story of Eyam, an isolated village in English hill country.

I was fascinated by this one.

Do you have any Bossy thoughts about this book?

Brooks is also the author of Horse, People of the Book, March, Caleb's Crossing, and others.

Other powerful books I've loved that have to do with plagues, disease, and pandemics include The Dog Stars, Station Eleven, Doctors and Friends, Lucy by the Sea, The Pull of the Stars, Hamnet, and How High We Go in the Dark.

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