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The Wonder

The Wonder
by Emma Donoghue

In Emma Donoghue's latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
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about the author: Emma Donoghue

From Ms. Donoghue's website:

Born in Dublin in 1969, I am an award-winning writer, living in Canada with my family.

My new novel, The Wonder, about a 'fasting girl' in 1850s Ireland, has been shortlisted for Canada's Giller Prize. Next up is my first foray into writing for children, The Lotterys Plus One, a novel for 8-to-12-year-olds (illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono), coming in Spring 2017.

My first feature film, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress (which Brie Larson did win). I adapted it from my novel Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. I am currently adapting my novel Frog Music, a literary mystery inspired by a murder in 1870s San Francisco, into a feature film for Monumental Pictures.

My other books are the historical novels  The Sealed LetterLife Mask, Slammerkin, and contemporary ones Landing, Hood and Stir-fry; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch, and literary history including Inseparable, We Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

Readers, hearing from you at makes my day, and I’ll respond as soon as I can find a moment. Say if you'd like to be included on my mailing list for very occasional news, and if so, what country you live in.

Work by Emma Donoghue:


Stir Fry (1994)

Hood (1995)

Slammerkin (2000)

Life Mask (2004)

Landing (2007)

The Sealed Letter (2008)

Room (2010)

Frog Music (2014)

The Wonder (2016)

Short stories

"Dear Lang" (2009) in How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (ed. Michael Chart)

Short story collections

Kissing the Witch (1997)

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits (2002)

Touchy Subjects (2006)

Three and a Half Deaths (2011)

Astray (2012)

Drama (stage)

I Know My Own Heart (1993) (published 2001)

Ladies and Gentlemen (1996) (published 1998)

Don't Die Wondering (2005)

Kissing the Witch (2000)

The Talk of the Town (2012)

Emma Donoghue: Selected Plays (published 2015)

Drama (radio)

Trespasses (1996)

Don't Die Wondering (2000)

Exes (2001)

Humans and Other Animals (2003)

Mix (2003)


Pluck (2001)

Room (2015)

Literary history

Passions Between Women: British Lesbian Culture 1668–1801 (1993)

We Are Michael Field (1998)

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (2010)

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