Saturday, August 07, 2010
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
This is a historical novel set in a tiny village in England in 1666, which was a year of the Plague. As the plague begins to spread, the rector convinces the villagers to quarantine themselves to keep it from spreading to other villages. The rector's maid Anna is the narrator, and she becomes a healer of sorts, working alongside the rector's wife. As the plague continues to spread throughout the village, no one is unaffected. It is a time of superstition and witch hunts. It is a very compelling story and very well written. I rate it 5 out of 5.