Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 304 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 6 minutes
First Published: 2020
In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders — Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police , and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.
In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over 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.
About Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue is an Irish author and playwright. Her works include Akin, Room, The Wonder, and The Pull of the Stars. She was born in Dublin, Ireland, received her PHD at Cambridge and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. Visit the author’s website →