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The Pull of the Stars
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The Pull of the Stars

A Novel

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The Pull of the Stars

“I listened to the audiobook of "The Pull of the Stars" by Emma Donoghue and was immediately pulled into the intense and vivid surroundings of a hospital ward in 1918 Dublin. It is the height of the flu epidemic and pregnant women who have the flu are quarantined together. Life goes on as babies are born and solutions found in spite of an understaffed hospital. It rings very true considering our own world pandemic at the present time.”

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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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