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The Pull of the Stars: A Novel (Large Print / Hardcover)
Fans of BBC’s Call The Midwife will love this book! Nurse Julia Power struggles to keep control over her understaffed inner-city hospital’s maternity ward during the final months of World War I. But these are not Nurse Power’s only struggles…her patients are expectant mothers who are sick with a flu that has been deadlier than no other before: a virus that will become known as the Pandemic of 1918. Keeping the same direct and complex narration from her previous novel, Room, Donoghue delivers another poignant story you won’t be able to put down.— Madeleine
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.