The White Hart Speaker Series presented in collaboration between The White Hart Inn, Oblong Books & Music and the Scoville Memorial Library
“The Wonder” is the new riveting masterpiece from Emma Donoghue (due out on September 20 from – bestselling author of “Room” a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes.
It is the compelling story of Lib Wright, an English nurse who is brought to a small Irish village to scrutinize what appears to be a miracle: Anna O’Donnell, a girl said to have survived without food for several months. Lib soon finds herself not just responsible for the surveillance of the child, but fighting to save Anna’s life. Like she did in Room, which has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list selling nearly 2 million copies, Donoghue again delves into the emotional life of a child and how that can be taken advantage of, or protected by, the adults who are close to them. The Wonder is written with the same propulsive tension, providing a searing examination of faith, doubt and what nourishes us, body and soul.
Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Frog Music, Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing).
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