The Pull of the Stars

Emma Donoghue

2020 Long-listed

Giller Prize

2020 Short-listed

An Post Irish Book Awards: Eason Novel of the Year

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Picador

9781529046168
256
Synopsis

'An immersive, unforgettable fever-dream of a novel' The Times
The Sunday Times Bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wonder and Room

The old world dying on its feet, a new one struggling to be born . . .

Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar 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 the course of 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, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue tells an unforgettable and deeply moving story of love and loss.

Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards -- Eason Novel of the Year
Guardian's 'Brilliant Books to Transport You This summer'
Cosmopolitan's 'Best Books to Read this summer'
Stylist's 'Best summer Reads

In the media
A visceral, harrowing, and revelatory vision of life, death, and love in a time of pandemic. This novel is stunning

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

The Pull of the Stars has a fever dream-like quality . . . as a tender record of humans coping as best they can with a pandemic, it’s about as moving and absorbing as it gets

Evening Standard

A timely, exquisite and unputdownable reminder of love and compassion in the smallest room where women are giving birth and other women are dying and yet love - in all its joy and complexity - still finds a place

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Extraordinarily prescient . . . With The Pull of the Stars, [Donoghue] again conjures up a setting that is at once claustrophobic in feel yet epic in sweep

Daily Telegraph