Julia power is off to work. The readers are intrigued to know what happens next. Is it a thriller? What is her present, past and future? Where is she heading to? In the background of WW1, amidst scary pandemic Spanish influenza drawing a sketch parallel to the COVID pandemic, Emma Donoghue crafted a prescient piece of literature for the readers. A relatable piece of magic.
Three women and a maternity ward
Nurse Julia Power, Social worker Birdie Sweeney and Dr. Kathleen Lynn lead the plot and hold the readers glued to the book. Life in the ward is depicted with a brutally realistic narrative. The pain and tribulations of COVID patients are pulling the world apart and hence it is impossible to imagine a parallel situation in the Yester century.
Fewer characters, a closed background, and a breathtaking plot
It is impossible to read a book with an undisturbed mind. How Emma has lucidly portrayed the swaying thoughts of Julia thereby bringing a spicy yet sour flavor to the otherwise bland yet bitter scenario is commendable.
If you are someone who is affected by painful and intense scenarios this book would haunt you. If you are a historical fiction lover, you would find it painful to keep thr book aside. Impeccable and ethereally realistic reading experience.
About the Author
Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge, England, before moving to Canada’s London, Ontario. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical ( The Wonder, Slammerkin, Life Mask, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary ( Akin, Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards.
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