The Pull of the Stars summary by Emma Donoghue (Author)
It’s 1918 in Dublin when the Great Flu is raging Ireland. Working at a simple hospital war seems risky and underappreciated. The Nurse Julia Power has to overwork for the understaffed hospital, as both war and the disease nib away at the town. She specializes in taking care of the mothers who have been infected by the terrible flu, and are quarantined together with them.
The other casts include doctor Kathleen Lynn, whom rumor has it that she is running from the law system, and also a young helper called Bridie Sweeney. Day by day, they exert themselves out in the tiny, dark ward. Things take a turn in the span of three days when these women change each other life. The baffling pandemic makes them lose their dear patients but gives them the chance to shepherd the rest into a more hopeful place.
It’s amazing how these mothers and carers do their impossible work with humanity and tenderness. The topic is also Emma Donoghue’s specialty: portraying hope and the will to survive against all odds in a trying time. The events in the novel are restricted in only three days, but successfully show how relentless these people are to save lives. Expect to see distress depicted in detail, so vivid that it is excruciating. Through this book, the author shows her thankfulness and love to the women who devote their soul, body, and mind to the wellbeing of others. A relevant this for these days.
―Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times
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―Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven