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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

  • “Lib is a heroine the modern woman can admire.”

    Time

  • [Donoghue's] contemporary thriller Room made [her] an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Outstanding.... Exploring the nature of faith and trust with heartrending intensity, Donoghue's superb novel will leave few unaffected. Sarah Johnson, Booklist (starred review)
  • Donoghue is known for her bestselling novel, Room.... [But] she is also well versed in historical fiction. THE WONDER brings together the best of all, combining a gracefully tense, young voice with a richly detailed historical setting. The Millions
  • Readers of historical fiction will gravitate to this tale. Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times
  • A riveting allegory about the trickle-down effect of trauma. Megan O'Grady, Vogue
  • Donoghue poses powerful questions about faith and belief all the while crafting a compelling story and an evocative portrait of 19th-century Irish provincial society. Tom Beer, Newsday
  • Gripping. Claire Stern, InStyle.com
  • What at first seems a simple matter becomes far more-stick with it, the payoff is there. Steph Opitz, Marie Claire
  • Fresh and unusually lively historical fiction. [Donoghue's] latest novel brings together both her preoccupation with child peril and her gift for history. Boris Kachka, Vulture
  • A haunting novel about good vs. evil. Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar
  • Like [Room], THE WONDER explores a dark, insular, and rigidly controlled environment.... Donoghue's clever use of an outsider as narrator lets her explain anomalies to us-what a creepie is (a log stool) and why people tie rags to a tree (to hold their pain)-as she encounters them herself. But there is more to this mystery than superstitions and local dialect. Lib must decipher the private truths of Anna and her family, who have closed ranks in grief over the loss of a son. She must puzzle out the community itself and its contradictory beliefs in religion, science, and tradition. And Lib has her own sorrowful secrets, her own need for personal redemption. Donoghue deftly pairs the two stories, and as Lib uncovers the truth about Anna, she gradually owns the truth about herself. Roxana Robinson, O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Riveting.... Highly recommended. Valerie Koehler, Literary Hub
  • "THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue is just that: 'a wonder' of a story about religious delusion and self-denial [that] teem[s] with drama and great moral questions.... Donoghue manages to engage larger mysteries of faith, doubt and evil without sacrificing the lyricism of her language or the suspense of her storyline. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
  • All spectacle and gothic horror and inevitably hard to put down. Stassa Edwards, Jezebel
  • 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.... Dark and vivid, with complicated characters, this is a novel that lodges itself deep. Steph Cha, USA Today, 3/4 stars
  • Fodder for endless book club debates. Meghan O'Gieblyn, Los Angeles Review of Books
  • A fine work, adept and compelling in voice, plot, and moral complexity.... Donoghue deals out the cards with real skill. Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe
  • Fascinating.... Like The Turn of the Screw, the novel opens irresistibly, when a young woman with a troubled past gets an enigmatic posting in a remote place.... Heartbreaking and transcendent and almost religious in itself. Sarah Lyall, New York Times
  • A locked-room mystery, set in atmospheric 19th-century Ireland and as spare, in its own way, as Room.... A fable as lean and discomfiting as Anna's dwindling body.... Donoghue keeps us riveted to Lib's perspective throughout.... Thanks to the complexity of Donoghue's ideas, there's plenty on which to ruminate. Amy Gentry, Chicago Tribune
  • Donoghue, a writer of great vitality and generosity-one gets the sense that she would gladly have her characters over for dinner, as long as they'd agree to eat-has been drawn repeatedly to the genre of historical fiction not so much to inhabit or reinterpret the past as to try to fit together its overlooked, missing pieces.... Fiction is small solace for history's grief, but it's one way to set the record straight. Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker
  • A blazing historical novel. Marion Winik, Newsday
  • A fine, fact-based historical novel, an old-school page turner...Donoghue has written, with crackling intensity, about [spirituality's] power to destroy. Stephen King, New York Times Book Review
  • Donoghue is a master of plot, and her prose is especially exquisite in depicting ambiguity...

    Lib is a heroine the modern woman can admire.
    Sarah Begley, Time 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)

  • “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

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

    Vogue

  • “Like The Turn of the Screw, the novel opens irresistibly, when a young woman with a troubled past gets an enigmatic posting in a remote place…Heartbreaking and transcendent and almost religious in itself.”

    New York Times

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

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Donoghue’s superb thriller will keep readers hanging on to every word, pondering how far one will go to prove her faith.”

    Real Simple

  • “A blazing historical novel.”

    Newsday

  • “Donoghue’s engrossing novel is loaded with descriptions of period customs and nineteenth-century Catholic devotional objects and prayers…[and] asks daring questions about just how far some might go to prove their faith.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Outstanding…Exploring the nature of faith and trust with heartrending intensity, Donoghue’s superb novel will leave few unaffected.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Kate Lock’s deliberately paced narration is fully voiced…Her performance suits this historical novel…[as a] portrait of rural Ireland in 1859.”

    AudioFile

  • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2016
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
  • An NPR Best Book of 2016
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer 
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About the Author
Author Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue, born in Dublin, is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include the New York Times bestseller Room, which was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange prizes. Her story collections are Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch, which was shortlisted for the Tiptree Award. She also writes literary history and plays for stage and radio.

About the Narrator

Kate Lock has played Mrs. Linde in The Doll’s House, Celia in Captain Oates Left Sock, and several leading roles at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. She co-wrote Tuesday’s Child with Terry Johnson and in it played Teresa Doyle at Theatre Royal, Stratford, and for the BBC. She has also appeared in several television productions, including Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends, Coronation Street, The Brief, The Bill, and Sweet Nothings, as well as comedy sketches with Rory Bremner, Hale and Pace, and Morecambe & Wise.