The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

66%

8 Critic Reviews

So many things are right in this novel that I wished — almost angrily — that a few things had been bette...And the ending struck me as contrived. But then, I could say the same about “Jane Eyre,” which I love. The bottom line: Read it.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

*The latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room*

ACCLAIM FOR THE WONDER: "Deliciously gothic.... Dark and vivid, with complicated characters, this is a novel that lodges itself deep" (USA Today, 3/4 stars); "Heartbreaking and transcendent" (New York Times); "A fable as lean and discomfiting as Anna's dwindling body.... Donoghue keeps us riveted" (Chicago Tribune); "Donoghue poses powerful questions about faith and belief" (Newsday)

In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
 

About Emma Donoghue

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Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit www.emmadonoghue.com.
 
Published September 20, 2016 by Little, Brown and Company. 304 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Stephen King on Sep 27 2016

These are flaws, but not fatal ones. For the most part, “The Wonder” is a fine, fact-based historical novel, an old-school page turner (I use the phrase without shame).

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Lyall on Sep 18 2016

At first reading, I wished the author had preserved more of the tantalizing mystery that propels much of the story. But that’s not the point. Like Ms. Donoghue’s best-selling “Room,” the novel ultimately concerns itself with courage, love and the lengths someone will go to protect a child.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Oct 03 2016

Anna may or may not be a genuine living marvel. But "The Wonder" certainly is. At novel's end, despite all the time spent inside, many readers will be reluctant to finally take their leave of Anna's sick room.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Sep 22 2016

The Wonder picks up a little bit of steam toward the end, but it's too little and too late. And what little suspense Donoghue manages to build is blunted by the ending, which is makes zero sense...

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Patricia Hagen on Sep 23 2016

So many things are right in this novel that I wished — almost angrily — that a few things had been bette...And the ending struck me as contrived. But then, I could say the same about “Jane Eyre,” which I love. The bottom line: Read it.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Sep 21 2016

“The Wonder” is a beautifully-written book. There’s sorrow, but also the small joys that can be wring from sorrowful times. It is a work of mystery and faith, one with compelling characters, a meticulously detailed setting and a handful of genuine surprises.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Lyall on Sep 18 2016

At first reading, I wished the author had preserved more of the tantalizing mystery that propels much of the story. But that’s not the point. Like Ms. Donoghue’s best-selling “Room,” the novel ultimately concerns itself with courage, love and the lengths someone will go to protect a child.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Sadaf Ahsan on Sep 26 2016

Those “narratives” are not quite so ancient, however, and for this, The Wonder feels less of a mystery, less of a thriller, less of a religious commentary – and all the more a chilling horror story.

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