Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders

By Geraldine Brooks

  • Release Date: 2001-08-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 255 Ratings


An unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.


  • Truly amazing

    By Mjyoungny
    This book is so well written that despite thinking it’s an old period piece, it grabs you and keeps your attention.
  • A good story marred by numerous typos

    By AmateurAsian
    This iBooks ebook is yet another example of publishers’ abandonment of proofreading. This text has such an annoying number of typos that it is nearly nauseating. The story itself, while good overall, is undermined by a rushed, fanciful ending that tends to discredit all that preceded it. If you are looking for a fictional depiction of the plague, then you might enjoy this story. Otherwise, I would recommend that you read something else.
  • Year of Wonders

    By PushpushStable
    This novel has met all my criteria of a great work. History, medicine, and England. Beautifully written and alive with descriptive prose, the reader will be moved.
  • B O R I N G

    By Nandolino19
    This book just drags and most of the novel itself is nothing but padding to make it unnecessarily long. It is incredibly dull and the way the author tells the story will leave you scratching your head in confusion.
  • Amazing book

    By Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzff
    Loved it from start to finish. It has some nice twists and the author has mastered eloquence in her writing.
  • Excellent

    By Agne Siauruseviciute
    I will not forget this book!
  • Year of wonders

    By Sdunkster
    Depressing; unbelievable and not worth time or money
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    By treehggr9
  • Year of Wonders

    By ksgard99
    This is an amazing book. Despite being about a harsh topic, the author manages to create a wonderful story with many hopeful and uplifting moments. It will make you cry, laugh, and think about the world. This is the kind of book one searches for but rarely finds.