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BookTalkers: The Wonder

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Date:
November 20
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Website:
http://www.charlevoixlibrary.org

Venue

Charlevoix Public Library
220 W Clinton
Charlevoix, MI 49720 United States
Phone:
231-547-2651
Website:
www.charlevoixlibrary.org

Organizer

Charlevoix Public Library
Phone:
231-547-2651
Email:
reference@charlevoixlibrary.org
Website:
www.charlevoixlibrary.org

Meets in the Armstrong Conference Room
The Wonder: Monday, November 20 • 6:00 pm
In 1859, nurse Lib Wright accepts an unusual assignment: to watch over Anna O’Donnell, an 11-year-old girl in a small Irish village who, so it’s claimed, hasn’t ingested any nourishment in four months. Having trained under Florence Nightingale, the English widow is ideally equipped to verify whether Anna’s fast is a hoax. She initially suspects the child’s piety is a scam for attention, but Anna’s gentle nature (and alarming decline) soften the nurse’s heart. Inspired by true cases of nearly 50 “Fasting Girls” who lived between the 16th and 20th centuries, Emma Donoghue’s quietly suspenseful novel depicts the customs, myths and devotional practices of 19th-century rural Irish Catholics.

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