The Wonder

3.72 based on 7431 ratings & 1351 reviews on Goodreads.com

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction
Irish Times
Vivid, tender . . . Her contemporary thriller Room made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine.
Kirkus, Starred Review
Fans of Emma Donoghue's first novel Room will not be disappointed with The Wonder . . . a tale of claustrophobic suspense and the intense relationship between a woman and a child . . . Donoguhue's masterful way with words and imagery has the reader sharing Lib's scepticism and disdain for Anna and her family's naïve religious fervour. And it's Donoghue's skill in building The Wonder up into an increasingly tense thriller - is Anna a fake or a saint and will she live or die? - until a heart-thumping, palm-sweating dramatic denouement.
Red Magazine

About Emma Donoghue

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).

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Books by Emma Donoghue

The Lotterys Plus One
The Lotterys Plus One
Room: Film tie-in
Room: Film tie-in
Astray
Astray
We are Michael Field
We are Michael Field
Passions Between Women
Passions Between Women
Frog Music
Frog Music
Inseparable
Inseparable
Stir-Fry
Stir-Fry
Hood
Hood
Kissing the Witch
Kissing the Witch
Landing
Landing
Three and a Half Deaths
Three and a Half Deaths
The Sealed Letter
The Sealed Letter
Room
Room

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