The Pull of the Stars (Paperback)Emma Donoghue (author)
Remarkably prescient and beautifully realised, this historical novel from the author of the seminal Room centres on a trio of female medics at the height of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.
Longlisted for the Polari Book Prize 2021
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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 25 mm
'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
'Donoghue writes with such brilliant relish . . . fascinating and resonant' - Sunday Times
'Eerily topical, Donoghue's new novel reads like an episode of Call The Midwife set during a pandemic . . . It is some cocktail and Donoghue mixes the ingredients with impressive skill' - Mail on Sunday
'Remarkably prescient' - Irish Independent
'One of the Emerald Isle's most glittering literary lights, Donoghue here delivers a historical fiction turned timely reminder of human resilience' - Oprah Magazine, 'Best Books of Summer 2020'
'It is rare for such a fast-paced story to be told so beautifully, and the writing is comical & exquisite' - Irish Independent
'Moving, gripping and dazzlingly written' - Stylist
'As strong and compelling as Jack in Room and Lib in The Wonder . . . a haunting and finely balanced literary novel' - Sarah Moss, Guardian
'Certainly, the currency of The Pull of the Stars gives it a gripping edge, but at its heart this is a story about friendship, love and compassion in extraordinary times . . . It's an engrossing read. Donoghue's writing is visceral and her female characters strike a powerful chord of humanity that stays with you' - Australian Women's Weekly
'Donoghue offers vivid characters and a gripping portrait of a world beset by a pandemic and political uncertainty. A fascinating read in these difficult times.' - Booklist
'Donoghue's searing tale . . . Her blunt prose and detailed, painstakingly researched medical descriptions do full justice to the reality of the pandemic and the poverty that helps fuel it. Donoghue's evocation of the 1918 flu, and the valor it demands of health-care workers, will stay with readers' - Publishers Weekly
'[Julia and Bridie's] relationship forms the emotional core of a story rich in swift, assured sketches of achingly human characters coping as best they can in extreme circumstances . . . Darkly compelling, illuminated by the light of compassion and tenderness: Donoghue's best novel since Room' - Kirkus (starred review)
'Eerily reminiscent of our current global health crisis, The Pull of the Stars brings readers intimately close to a world where health care workers risk it all to keep their patients alive' - Time
'Emma Donoghue's latest is getting an early release, and it's clear to understand why: In 1918 at the height of the Great Flu in Ireland, sick, pregnant women are quarantined together in a hospital while a group of overworked nurses tries to navigate their patients through the darkness' - Marie Claire
'Timely, punchy and gripping' - Evening Standard
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What makes a good book? I ponder this every time I read a novel that I deem to be worthy of 5 stars. I think the answer is, a good book makes you think. The Pull of the Stars made me laugh, cry, grip the sofa in... More
"The human race settles on terms with every plague in the end." …. I hope this is true with recent events!!!!
Sadly, The Pull Of The Stars was not to my liking.
I loved Room by Emma and I was really... More
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I was really looking forward to reading this having read ‘Room’, which I had mixed thoughts about. However, I really enjoyed this, if that’s an appropriate thing to say. There is some familiarity about it as not... More
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