Review: Fall in Love with Emma Donoghue’s ‘The Wonder’

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“Lib wrote down, 1:13 p.m., 1 tsp. water. Not that quantity mattered, she supposed, except that she wanted to be able to give a full account of anything the child ingested on her watch.”

9781509818389The Wonder

For fans of historic classics such as The Kite Runner and Angela’s AshesThe Wonder (Little, Brown & Company, September 20, 2016) will have you on a suspicious journey of religion and ethics. Warning: You may want to add this book to the top of your reading list.

To say Emma Donoghue has a way with words is an understatement. For those who have read her heart-stopping novel, Room, you understand exactly what I’m talking about. The way Donoghue captures the voice of 5-year-old Jack is reflected perfectly in the curious wonder of 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell. Travel back to a famished, wet Irish village where a peculiar circumstance has left a small town searching for questions that many can not answer in this brilliantly edgy novel.

Anna has not eaten in four months; since her 11th birthday to be exact. Townsman travel through the Irish fields and over the cold English Channel to see what many see as an absolute miracle, however there are some who believe it to be a hoax. How can anyone survive with just a mere teaspoon of water? English nurse, Lib Wright, trained by the historical Florence Nightingale, has been called in to watch and study Anna for two weeks in her cabin. As a relationship builds and studies are done between Anna and Lib, our curiosity for how one can actually avoid hunger will leave you confused and a bit… hungry.

The Wonder will push you to challenge your own beliefs about the human ability to survive under harsh circumstances. Who is feeding her? What happens when Sister Michael watches Anna? How could a set of parents create such a hoax for their only remaining child? Is this an act of God? These questions and so many more will be answered the further you delve into Donoghue’s new emotional masterpiece and inside The Wonder that is, Anna O’Donnell.


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