The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

A Novel

Book - 2020
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A novel set in 1918 Dublin offers a three-day look at a maternity ward during the height of the Great Flu pandemic.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316499019
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 25 cm


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Jane -a novel about the 1918 flu epidemic that was at the publisher in the spring of 2020!

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Jan 19, 2021

I hated that this author doesn't use punctuation! Made it really difficult to determine who was talking when. I did enjoy the story though.

Jan 18, 2021

I loved this book. I loved the details about caring for patients in a short-staffed hospital, about childbirth, and about the attitudes toward the mothers in the ward. It is fascinating treatment of the influenza of 1918, pregnancy, Dublin, Ireland, Catholicism, friendship, and love.

Jan 16, 2021

On an Amazon list of titles I wanted to buy

Jan 14, 2021

Very depressing and intense novel.Had to skim the last 25 pages as was worn out from reading the book

Fascinating novel set over a brief 3 days, but provided a huge amount of detail. Highlighted the Spanish Flu, class differences that made no impact among the maternity ward but played a great role among the staff, and the sins of the Irish Catholic church were the undercurrents of the storyline.

Jan 06, 2021

Set in 1918 Dublin during the Spanish Flu pandemic, Donoghue presents a fast-paced look at three days in a tiny maternity ward where delivering mothers also have the flu. Yet we also get an authentic sense of the gritty ambience of Dublin in those times through well-drawn, strong female characters and their backgrounds. It’s full of despair, fear, hope, inequality, caring, kindness and love. Interesting note – one of the characters, Dr. Katherine Lynn, was an actual historical figure who was a socialist rebel with Sinn Fein who had spent time in prison for fighting for human rights in Ireland.

Dec 22, 2020

Wow. Emma Donoghue can write. Every book is so well done, and so different from her other novels. A true gem.
The lack of quotation marks takes a bit to get used to, but it is worth sticking with it. The ending, as many have noted, is a flurry of activity in the last 25+ pages, so knowing that others didn't like it, I was prepared, and so was not disappointed.
Great characters, stunningly relevant plot considering our current state of the pandemic. Well done!

Dec 01, 2020

This is another fine work from this author but unlikely to be something that everyone can read. It just might be too real and hit close to home in our November 2020 reality. I thoroughly enjoyed the details of nursing in a 1918 maternity ward and all of the old ways of treating labor and birth. Very sensitive topics, problem births, war, pandemic, Catholic nuns “housing” treatment for undesirables, the list goes on. But it does make you value humanity even more to see the good side in people. Unexpected plot twists in the final chapters are worth the wait.

Dec 01, 2020

Really want to read.1918 ireland. maternity ward nurses. flu epidemic.

Nov 30, 2020

It is a little disconcerting to read a book about the 1918 flu epidemic during the covid pandemic, but the story line is compelling. A nurse attempting to deliver babies for ill mothers is joined by a young girl who has lived in an orphanage all of her life. Together they find hope and love. Highly recommend this book and author. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Dec 22, 2020

The line I found most laughable was the one about lying down for a fortnight; who could afford or manage that without a houseful of servants? p. 235

Dec 22, 2020

Would you not put on a mask, even?
Interestingly, there's very little evidence that they have any protective effect.
p. 144

ArapahoeStaff26 Nov 10, 2020

When had that spark between us first caught, glowed, begun to singe? I hadn’t noticed; I’d been too busy. With births coming pell-mell after deaths, when would I have had time to wonder at something as unimportant as my own new feelings, much less worry about them?


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