The Pull of the Stars
The Sunday Times Bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wonder and Room
The old world dying on its feet, a new one struggling to be born . . .
Dublin, 1918. In a country 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 an unfamiliar 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 the course of 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 tells an unforgettable and deeply moving story of love and loss.
Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards -- Eason Novel of the Year
Guardian's 'Brilliant Books to Transport You This summer'
Cosmopolitan's 'Best Books to Read this summer'
Stylist's 'Best summer Reads
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 143 x 224 x 34mm | 414g
- 23 Jul 2020
- Pan MacMillan
- London, United Kingdom
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is a marvel of a writer * Press Association * Timely, punchy and gripping * Evening Standard * Emma Donoghue's latest is getting an early release, and it's clear to understand why: In 1918 at the height of the Great Flu in Ireland, sick, pregnant women are quarantined together in a hospital while a group of overworked nurses tries to navigate their patients through the darkness * Marie Claire * Eerily reminiscent of our current global health crisis, The Pull of the Stars brings readers intimately close to a world where health care workers risk it all to keep their patients alive * Time * [Julia and Bridie's] relationship forms the emotional core of a story rich in swift, assured sketches of achingly human characters coping as best they can in extreme circumstances . . . Darkly compelling, illuminated by the light of compassion and tenderness: Donoghue's best novel since Room * Kirkus (starred review) * Donoghue's searing tale . . . Her blunt prose and detailed, painstakingly researched medical descriptions do full justice to the reality of the pandemic and the poverty that helps fuel it. Donoghue's evocation of the 1918 flu, and the valor it demands of health-care workers, will stay with readers * Publishers Weekly * 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 * Certainly, the currency of The Pull of the Stars gives it a gripping edge, but at its heart this is a story about friendship, love and compassion in extraordinary times . . . It's an engrossing read. Donoghue's writing is visceral and her female characters strike a powerful chord of humanity that stays with you * Australian Women's Weekly * Rarely can a novel have been as prescient or as timely as The Pull of the Stars . . . the book flies by like a hospital shift, as drama follows crisis and victory chases tragedy in a never-ending cycle of suffering, joy and bodily fluids * Business Post * Remarkably prescient * Irish Independent * Enticingly written . . . a felicitous comment on our new times * The Irish Times * One of the Emerald Isle's most glittering literary lights, Donoghue here delivers a historical fiction turned timely reminder of human resilience * Oprah Magazine, 'Best Books of Summer 2020' * As strong and compelling as Jack in Room and Lib in The Wonder . . . a haunting and finely balanced literary novel -- Sarah Moss * Guardian * Moving and memorable * Daily Mail * Emma Donoghue's best novel since Room is a mesmeric, blood, sweat and placenta-soaked story set against the Spanish Flu pandemic * Metro * It is rare for such a fast-paced story to be told so beautifully, and the writing is comical & exquisite * Irish Independent * Moving, gripping and dazzlingly written * Stylist * An immersive, unforgettable fever-dream of a novel * Times * Eerily topical, Donoghue's new novel reads like an episode of Call The Midwife set during a pandemic * Mail on Sunday * Donoghue writes with such brilliant relish . . . fascinating and resonant * Sunday Times * In this arresting new page-turner, a Dublin hospital is overwhelmed by victims of a cruel new disease. The year is 1918; the illness is influenza. Donoghue's capable characters leap from crisis to crisis - convulsions, hemorrhages and fevers - stitching together a story that is as timeless as it is urgent * New York Times * Emma Donoghue is one of our greatest living prose stylists . . . a must-read novel * The Australian * Extraordinarily prescient . . . With The Pull of the Stars, [Donoghue] again conjures up a setting that is at once claustrophobic in feel yet epic in sweep * Daily Telegraph * A timely, exquisite and unputdownable reminder of love and compassion in the smallest room where women are giving birth and other women are dying and yet love - in all its joy and complexity - still finds a place -- Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry The Pull of the Stars has a fever dream-like quality . . . as a tender record of humans coping as best they can with a pandemic, it's about as moving and absorbing as it gets * Evening Standard * A visceral, harrowing, and revelatory vision of life, death, and love in a time of pandemic. This novel is stunning -- Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
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