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The new number-one best seller from the author of The Wonder and Room

Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the best-selling author of The Wonder and Room.

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders - Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, caregivers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

©2020 Emma Donoghue (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Tedious details

Although I loved Emma Donoghue’s previous books—Room and Akin, I found this novel to be rather tedious with its extreme detail. Perhaps interesting to a midwife or nurse. Listening to to it in Audio where every single word is read made it a lot longer. I stuck with it as I enjoyed the reader but it could have used more of the nurse’s personal life. Room took place mainly in one room, and this book took place in one room with 2 or 3 patients 99% of the time as well. Perhaps this is a challenge Ms. Donoghue likes to take on? I would have liked to hear more about this flu and more details as to how it affected Ireland and more about the nurse’s background .

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In a Nutshell

This is 2020 in a nutshell. This book is prefect to read during the worldwide pandemic. it was interesting to see the similarities between past and present(2020). The characters were interesting, story was great, narrator was the best I heard in awhile. Happy Listening

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Read it!

Emma Donoghue has the amazing ability to make you fall in love with her characters. This book is no exception. There were times that I felt I was in the room watching the story unfold. So good!

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a good read

I found it slow at first, but totally enjoyed it. A bit gory in places, but truthful.

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Pull of the stars

Pull of the Stars an excellent read. I highly recommend it. Enjoyed the story immensely.

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Enjoyable

A very enjoyable book , well narrated and very timely at the moment midst pandemic. I did not want it to end.

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Historical novel at its best!!

Wow! Probably my favorite book! The author is able to bring out so many historical details from the past learning and drifting through the whole story

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Captivating story

It took me a little while to get into the book, it usually does though. the the story picked up quickly, and I became quite engrossed. Life and death all in one small overcrowded room. I enjoyed the varying characters, and how relatable they were.

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Timely story

Given the current health crisis in the world this is as very timely read. Somehow not a lot has changed in the 100 years since the Spanish flu. Front line workers still work tirelessly to care for the sick and dying, working long hours. There are still too many dying because of lack of health care. In this story a lot happens in just two days, Julia the main character faces many crisis and an awakening on a personal level. I loved that a real woman of history Dr. Lynn was told in the book. I have researched her story since reading this book.

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Dreadful

Nothing interesting in this story. She hasn’t written a good book since room. Kept waiting for it to get going it was a total non starter and a total non happening Getting more and more frustrated with the choice of bools time to stop with audible Paula.moss@rogers.com

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  • Alexey Badalov
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Pertinent

Listening to this during a pandemic is certainly a different experience. Finishing this book qualifies you to receive a midwife certificate, though the story takes a dip once all the babies are delivered. The narrator sings poorly even when the book says it is supposed to be good.