Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Year of Wonders

After having such a hard time getting a copy of last month's book club book, as soon as the choices were announced I put a hold on all of them...just in case.

A very uncommon, proactive move for myself. 

Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks, was not chosen by the group to read.  But I figured since I already had the book and I found myself with some free time I'd still read it.  It was, after all, the one I voted for. 

It is a historical fiction account of the village of Eyam in 1666, the year the plague descended upon the area.  They voluntarily quarantined the village to prevent the plague's spread to other villages. It is told from Anna Frith's perspective, the housekeeper of the village rectory.  A widow before the plague began, she quickly finds herself completely alone.  Her two boys are among the first to die from the plague.  She assists the Rector in his attending the sick night and day and becomes good friends with his wife, Elinor.

I enjoyed the entire story and can see this book maybe being my favorite for the year, it is so far.

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