Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
This book single-handedly made me fall in love with historical fiction, which has since become my favorite genre to read. Anna Frith is a woman living in a rural English village in 1666 as the Black Plague sweeps the country. The book is written as her journal, detailing her experiences and feelings as the plague ravages her village. Anna watches her loved ones and neighbors sicken and die, she works hard to do what she can for the suffering and their families, she feels the bleakness of deep despair. Anna takes in a boarder to help make ends' meet and finds the kind of love she never thought she would know. She is witness to the desperation of the town council as they try to isolate their village to keep the plague out, then as they try the village healer as a witch in attempt to appease the gods and remove the plague from their community. As you read this gorgeous, heart-rending story, it is easy to see how author Geraldine Brooks won a Pulitzer prize for another of her novels- her writing style is touching and personal. One of my favorite books ever written, I can't say enough good things about this enchanting story.
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