Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Set in a small Irish village in the late 1800s, shortly after the potato famine, Lib, an English nurse who had worked with Florence Nightingale, has been hired to observe an 11 year old girl named Anna who has supposedly survived for months with no food. The Catholic church wants her fast observed and documented so they can be sure it is actually a miracle from God. The story, while a bit of a slow read at first, is fascinating and takes on many issues. Lib and another nurse, who is a nun, have been hired to observe only, but Lib soon realizes that her interference may be necessary. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.