Out on 29 April 2021

The Pull of the Stars

Emma Donoghue

2020 Nominee

An Post Irish Book Awards: Eason Novel of the Year

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29 April 2021
256 pages

‘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.

Guardian’s ‘Brilliant Books to Transport You This Summer’

Cosmopolitan’s ‘Best Books to Read This Summer’
Stylist’s ‘Best Summer Reads’

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 . . . about as moving and absorbing as it gets

Evening Standard

A timely, exquisite and unputdownable reminder of love and compassion

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry