Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

The Plague Pit from "Old Saint Paul’s: A Tale of the Plague and the Fire." From the holdings of Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library—Harvard College Library.
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The Plague Pit from "Old Saint Paul’s: A Tale of the Plague and the Fire." From the holdings of Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library—Harvard College Library.

Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders." It's based on the true story of measures taken by the residents of a small 17th-century English town to protect themselves and others from the plague.

Geraldine Brooks is no stranger to war zones. The journalist-turned-author once covered Bosnia and the Middle East for The Wall Street Journal. And Brooks’ understanding of human suffering is evident in her first novel. In it, she spins a real-life horror story into a tale of fragile hope. “Year of Wonders” fictionalizes the true account of villagers in seventeenth-century Eyam, England. They voluntarily quarantined their plague-infested town to prevent the disease from spreading. Brooks’ storyteller is a young maid who aids the village rector in his mission to contain the plague. Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders."

Guests

Lynn Neary

NPR correspondent covering books and publishing.

Sena Jeter Naslund

author of "Ahab's Wife."

Dane Kennedy

professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University.

Read An Excerpt

Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Year Of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Copyright © 2001 by Geraldine Brooks.

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