A chilling novel from the bestselling author of Room.
Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).
The Irish potato famine has been over for seven years when The
Wonder commences but the aftereffects are everywhere . . . In
an author's note, Donoghue says that The Wonder was inspired
by almost 50 cases of "so-called Fasting Girls" between the 16th
and 20th centuries . . . Donoghue's prose is as sturdy and
serviceable as a good pair of brogans , but never nondescript.
There are occasional flashes of lyricism - "a cloud loosely
bandaged the waning moon," for instance, a line of perfect
description couched in perfect iambic pentameter - but Donoghue's
main purpose here is story, story, story, and God bless her for it
. . . impossible to put down . . . it also reminded me of
The Razor's Edge, only turned inside out. Maugham's book is
about the power of spirituality to heal. Donoghue has written
with crackling intensity, about its power to destroy -- Stephen
King * New York Times *
Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife
Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction * Irish Times *
Vivid, tender . . . Her contemporary thriller Room made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine. * Kirkus, Starred Review *
Fans of Emma Donoghue's first novel Room will not be disappointed with The Wonder . . . a tale of claustrophobic suspense and the intense relationship between a woman and a child . . . Donoghue's masterful way with words and imagery has the reader sharing Lib's scepticism and disdain for Anna and her family's naive religious fervour. * Red Magazine *
Donoghue engages mysteries of faith and doubt without sacrificing the lyricism of her language or the suspense of her storyline. Anna may or may not be a "living marvel," but The Wonder certainly is * NPR *