"The Wonder" - Emma Donoghue
Initial Response: Quite Sadness & Healing
First Sentence: nurse: to suckle an infant: to bring up a child: to take care of the sick. The journey was no worse than she expexted.
From the Reader: In a world full of work, news and bills to pay I tend to stray towards bright fun novels, however something about this book had me compelled to read, and that instinct was correct. I found this a literary journey of mystery, humanity and quiet. Throughout reading this I kept finding myself in silent rooms, not wanting distractions and noises (which normally bother me little) to vanish so I could properly soak in every word. It is haunting in a very tender real way which made me thankful for so many aspects of my own life.
Best With: I could hardly get myself to eat while reading this, I took to a very dry red wine. You will need nothing else.
Recommend to: Phycology Majors, anyone who enjoyed "The Room", serious folks, Nurses or anyone else in the medical field, puzzle solvers.
Ideal reading spot: Quite and calm places, maybe outside on a quite mild day. My grandmothers living room did the trick for me.
Category: Chances of Rain was only appropriate as this is a somber read. The characters will capture you into their mystery, until at the end you find you are on the journey with them.
On the Pages: We follow Lib Wright a young nurse as she travels to a small village where she is to watch a great wonder. Eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell has claimed not to have eaten in four months. Lib is now responsible for watching Anna to see if rumors are true. Through a web of family, church, reporters and tourists Lib must find the truth to the so called miracle that is Anna. However, she may not be ready for the truth and when she finds it what will she do with the knowledge?
Finale: Before believing anything you see, hear or read, take time to analyze a situation before making actions. Be kind to the weak, young and broken; for they are the ones who need the most kindness given to them.