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Year of wonders : a novel of the plague

Author: Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village," in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brooks, Geraldine.
Year of wonders.
New York : Viking, 2001
(OCoLC)606593948
Online version:
Brooks, Geraldine.
Year of wonders.
New York : Viking, 2001
(OCoLC)632169874
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 067091021X 9780670910212 9780756933920 0756933927
OCLC Number: 45392971
Awards: Shortlisted for Westfield/Waverley Library Literary Award 2002.
Description: 308 pages : map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Geraldine Brooks.

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This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village," in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar's maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village's desperate fight to save itself.

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