The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue audiobook

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel

By Emma Donoghue
Read by  Emma Lowe

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown 9780316499019
9.11 Hours Unabridged
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Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM 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 fallen sick are quarantined into a separate ward to keep the plague at bay. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders -- a woman doctor who is a rumored Rebel, and a teenage girl, Bridie, procured by the nuns from their orphanage as an extra set of hands. At first this Bridie seems unschooled in life -- she makes up a bed with only the rubber mat, and savors the weak tea and barely edible porridge from the hospital kitchen. But in the intensity of this ward, over three brutal days, Julia and the women come together in unexpected ways. In the darkness, in the despair, as people die quickly and cruelly from the capricious disease without a known cure, they shepherd new life. Women give birth, and these tough, remarkable women do the jobs they have to do with tenderness and humanity.

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Summary

New York Times bestseller

A Time Magazine Pick for Summer

An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”

A Town & Country Magazine Pick of Must-Reads

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Autostraddle Pick of Summer Books

A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Summer

A Booklist Pick of the Week

Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM

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 fallen sick are quarantined into a separate ward to keep the plague at bay. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders -- a woman doctor who is a rumored Rebel, and a teenage girl, Bridie, procured by the nuns from their orphanage as an extra set of hands. At first this Bridie seems unschooled in life -- she makes up a bed with only the rubber mat, and savors the weak tea and barely edible porridge from the hospital kitchen. But in the intensity of this ward, over three brutal days, Julia and the women come together in unexpected ways. In the darkness, in the despair, as people die quickly and cruelly from the capricious disease without a known cure, they shepherd new life. Women give birth, and these tough, remarkable women do the jobs they have to do with tenderness and humanity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Don’t believe history repeats itself? Read this book.” New York Times
“Narrator Emma Lowe’s layered characterizations include distinct Irish accents and diction that illuminate the backgrounds of the protagonists and hospital staff…As circumstances around the women intensify, so will listeners’ investment in the outcomes of their stories. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Our first pandemic caregiver novel—an engrossing and inadvertently topical story about health care workers inside small rooms fighting to preserve life.” NPR
“A book about a 100-year-old flu that feels completely current, down to the same frustrations and tensions and hopes and dangers.” Los Angeles Times
“A story rich in swift, assured sketches of achingly human characters coping as best they can in extreme circumstances.” Kirkus Reviews
“Soul stirring.” O, The Oprah Magazine
"Donoghue offers vivid characters and a gripping portrait of a world beset by a pandemic and political uncertainty. A fascinating read in these difficult times.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author Bio: Emma Donoghue

Author Bio: Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue, born in Dublin, is a playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her works of contemporary and historical fiction include the New York Times bestsellers Room and Frog Music. Her books have also been finalists for the Man Booker, Commonwealth Prize, the Orange Prize, and the Women’s Prize for Ficton. She also writes story collections, literary history, and plays for stage and radio.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English