Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders

A Novel of the Plague

Book - 2002
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This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village," in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar's maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village's desperate fight to save itself.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2002, c2001
ISBN: 9780142001431
Characteristics: 308, 11 p. : map ; 20 cm


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Jul 05, 2017

Quite by accident I took this novel with me on a trip to Sweden and Estonia, places that put the plague in historical context. I was in the library looking for a book that was "lightweight" to carry and "airplane readable," so my standards weren't very high. But this literary story formed a perfect backdrop while visiting the medieval Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia, and the many historical museums in Stockholm, all of which touch on plague events experienced locally and the horrific "treatments" employed trying to stop the scourge. The novel is full of surprises and some depictions, though historically accurate, are emotionally challenging. I was engrossed down to the final, uplifting sentence, which made the perfect coda to the story's journey.

Sep 16, 2016

Unlike anything I have read before. Couldn't put it down.
Shows what mankind is made of when the chips are down.
So glad I live now and in this great country.

LPL_ShirleyB May 13, 2016

This book is an elegantly written feminist view of a gothic period in English history, based on actual events. A movie based on this book is currently in production. In addition to this single copy of the book, we have a book club in a bag kit and a downloadable audiobook read by the author.

Jan 16, 2016

Outstanding historical novel, based on true events in 1665 England. This novel is a true gem and captured me before the first chapter was read. My thanks to the readers who leave comments on books, as they have steered me to new books and new authors every week.

PimaLib_MaryG Dec 07, 2015

An amazing novel about a town that quarantined itself as the residents died off from the Bubonic Plague to prevent it from spreading. The town is real - there is a historical marker, but not much is known so author Brooks used it as the basis for a richly crafted tale that drew me right in.

Jan 07, 2015

set in medieval - pastor & wife key characters helping village deal w/ plague. housemaid is key and loses entire family, but ultimately is a heroine

Dec 30, 2014

This is a great work of historical fiction. The author does a fine job of making the reader feel as though they are experiencing these horrific events first hand. I will say that I hated the ending. I'm not sure how I would have liked it to end, we are talking about the Plague after all, but I was not satisfied. I'm willing to overlook that though, as the story was fascinating.

Based on the true story of Eyam, the “Plague Village”, located in the rugged mountains of England in 1666. As the plague ravages the village fearful villagers react with fear and jealousy as the local healer and the town’s minister try to keep the town from falling into complete chaos. This is a riveting novel that really brings to life the ethical and emotional impact dealing with the plague must bring.

ehbooklover Dec 16, 2013

This was recommended to me by a customer. It's about the English village of Eyam, whose residents attempt to control the spread of The Plague by quarantining themselves. Sounds depressing? That's what I thought at first. But I decided to give it a try anyways and I'm so glad I did. A gripping and beautifully written story that I could not put down.

mooncat Dec 03, 2013

I loved this book and thought it was beautifully written. However I was really disappointed with the ending as I didn't feel it fitting to the story.

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CRRL_AdrianaP Nov 07, 2013

"How was I to face the days and nights to come? There would be no other relief for me; in my two hands I held my only chance of exit from our village and its agonies."


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