Year of Wonders

A Novel of the Plague

Brooks, Geraldine

Book - 2001
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Year of Wonders
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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 : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780142001431
0142001430
9781417627530
067091021X
Branch Call Number: FICTION BROOKS
Characteristics: 308 p. :,map ;,24 cm

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The way people worked and lived, the fabric of their lives, comes to vivid life in this novel about a small English village in 1666.

A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers in a small English town to seal themselves off in a 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... Read More »

2002: Brooks knows how to write characters who feel real, and in this story she creates a woman who struggles to survive the plague in a small village in 1666.

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague to an isolated village, housemaid Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition.

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superst... Read More »


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