The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars Review

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 bestselling 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, carers 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. 

Title:The Pull of the Stars
Edition Language:English

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  • Emily May

    Here we are in the golden age of medicine— making such great strides against rabies, typhoid fever, diphtheria— and a common or garden influenza is beating us hollow. Serious question: were the...

  • Liz

    5 Stars, one of the best of 2020Talk about timing. Emma Donoghue became interested in the Great Influenza in 2018 because of the 100 year anniversary. But as she put the final touches on her draft, th...

  • Diane S ?

    Dublin, 1918, the world is being ravaged by the Spanish flu, influenza. Men are returning from the war, damaged, changed. Julia is an almost thirty, single woman, living with her brother who cannot or...

  • jessica

    ‘blame the stars… thats what influenza means. influenza delle stelle - the influence of the stars. medieval italians thought the illness proved that the heavens were governing their fates.’ n...

  • Christine

    4.5 stars rounded to 5 starsWhat a quiet yet powerful little gem this is. Emma Donoghue escaped my radar up until now. The blurb enticed me, and my impulse decision to hit the green Net Galley request...

  • Linda

    Pain and suffering gather at doorsteps.No particular street. No predestined number. Certainly, without invitation.Julia Power rides her bicycle through the darkened streets of Dublin in the pouring ra...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    All the stars!I finished The Pull of the Stars over last weekend, a buddy read with my dear friend, @bibliobeth. We gobbled this book up. At 304 pages, and taking place over only 3 days, this book is ...

  • Debra

    "The human race settles on terms with every plague in the end, the doctor told her. Or a stalemate, at the least." Talk about a timely book. In the Author's note, Emma Donoghue shares how she began...

  • Cheri

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Vita gloriosa vita. Life glorious life. There’s an aura throughout this story that is somewhat bleak, while at the same time gripping in the dangers, the then fairly ...

  • Carol

    "Cover up each cough or sneeze......fools and traitors spread disease."October 31, 1918. Dublin, Ireland - A war - A pandemic - A hospital maternity/fever ward - A skilled midwife/nurse Julia Power - ...