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A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in the next masterpiece from New York Times bestselling author Emma Donoghue.

In Emma Donoghue’s latest, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting allegory about the trickle-down effect of trauma.”


  • “There is more to this mystery than superstitions and local dialect. Lib must…puzzle out the community itself and its contradictory beliefs in religion, science, and tradition…As Lib uncovers the truth about Anna, she gradually owns the truth about herself.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Has that vivid, ripped-from-the-headlines feel that comes from an author’s utter fascination with a real-world subject…. The Wonder is deliciously gothic.”

    USA Today (3/4 stars)

  • “Fascinating…an examination of the mysteries of reason, responsibility, and the heart.”

    New York Times

  • “What at first seems a simple matter becomes far more-stick with it, the payoff is there.”

    Marie Claire

  • “A locked-room mystery, set in atmospheric nineteenth-century Ireland.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A blazing historical novel.”


  • “Kate Lock’s deliberately paced narration is fully voiced…Her performance suits this historical novel…The child, her parents, doctor, priest, and journalist play significant roles both in the story and in Lock’s portrait of rural Ireland in 1859.”


  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer 
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016 Selection for Fiction
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