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Emma Donoghue 

When: Fri., Oct. 7, 7 p.m. 2016



In Emma Donoghue's new novel, The Wonder, the lives of a London nurse named Lib, fresh from the Crimean War, and a journalist collide when each travels to a small Irish town that is the site of a seeming miracle—a young girl said to be subsisting solely on "manna from heaven." Soon the two are drawn together as they excavate the mystery underlying the child's refusal to eat and the locals' acceptance of her claim. Ultimately, Lib faces a moral dilemma as to the action she must take. In Donoghue's international best-seller, Room, which became an Oscar-winning motion picture last year, the author similarly imagined a woman in peril, drawing on the notorious Fritzl case. In a richly detailed atmosphere of rural Ireland pervaded by superstition, this tension-filled tale offers further proof of her skills. —David Klein

7 p.m., free, www.quailridgebooks.com

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