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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks' first novel, focuses on a year in the life of an English village, Eyam (EE-m), in Derbyshire - the plague year 1665-1666 - seen through the eyes of housemaid Anna Frith.  The title, Year of Wonders, is taken from the poem Annus Mirabilis, by John Dryden - which Dryden was either using ironically, or to suggest that "yes, the Plague and Great Fire of London were horrible, but hey, it could have been much worse!  God is the man!  Thank you, God!"   (The real-life village of Eyam did this; the only place in England which did so of its own volition.)


This village, under the leadership of both its current Church of England pastor, and its past one, a puritan, decides to quarantine itself from the world, to prevent the further spread of the plague, which has already started to spread in the town.  The local earl has agreed to leave food and supplies for them at the Boundary Stone.


It is a read that is naturally full of death, but also full of the growth of the narrator.


I found the epilogue a bit far-fetched, however.