Friday Features Week 12 – The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donohue

Friday, August 28th, 2020

This week we are reading ‘The Pull of the Stars’ by Emma Donohue. 

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. In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new flu are quarantined. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, 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.

‘With an urgency that brilliantly captures the high-stakes horror and exhilaration of life on a pandemic’s front lines, the Room author centers her latest spine-tingler on a maternity ward nurse charged with keeping new mothers—and herself—safe as the 1918 Great Flu sweeps Ireland. … Imagine an episode of Grey’s Anatomy set at the turn of the twentieth century and you’ll have some idea of the chills and thrills of this medical drama from Donoghue … Come for the heart-stopping prose, stay for the hair-raising glimpse of the people fighting at a pandemic’s front lines.’ – Oprah Magazine

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