Happy Monday Savvy Readers! The first day of the new week is always the perfect time to start a new read, and this week’s featured read is one you don’t want to miss! Highly anticipated and incredibly timely, if you guessed that Emma Donoghue‘s new book The Pull of the Stars is this week’s featured read, you’d be right! The bestselling author of Room is back with an incredible new novel about the small world of work, risk, death, and love, set over three days in a 1918 Dublin maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu.
In 1918 Ireland is ravaged by war and disease. Nurse Julia Power is working as a nurse at an understaffed hospital in the city centre where expectant mothers with the Flu are quarantined together when two outsiders–Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney step into her regimented world.
Over the course of three days in the tiny ward, the three women lose patients to the pandemic, shepherd new life into a fearful world, and change each other’s lives in unexpected ways.
Sure to be an instant classic, in The Pull of the Stars, readers will find the light in the darkness in this brilliant new story about hope and survival against the odds. And, of course, this read is especially topical, given everything that’s going on right now.