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The Pull of the Stars

A Novel

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The Pull of the Stars

“Donoghue's latest novel, set in Dublin in 1918 during the Spanish flu outbreak, feels all too close to the reality of the 2020 pandemic. nurse Julia Powers is overworked in her maternity ward at the city hospital, as resources and beds run short. Through her interactions with the pregnant women in her care, doctors, and an enthusiastic assistant, she reflects on the state of her patients, country, and her own life, as well as the circumstances which influenced them. Donoghue deftly incorporates a sweep of heavy subjects relevant to Julia in her position, in a considerate and wholly breathtaking way. Emma Lowe's narration for the audiobook is so fitting, as well.”

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In Dublin, 1918, a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu is a small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love, in "Donoghue's best novel since Room" (Kirkus Reviews)

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, 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, a rumoured Rebel 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, carers 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.


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