Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks


Audiobook.  The story of a year in a village visited by the plague in the 17th century doesn't sound like a pleasant one.  When the pastor talks the village into shutting itself off from the rest of the world to keep from spreading the death, you know it will not be fun. (There actually was a village in Derbyshire where villagers did not flee, but shut themselves in.)

The earthy, intelligent, well-spoken narrator does not talk or act at all like her family members or fellow villagers, but becomes closer to the pastor and his high-born wife for whom she works.  She is very appealing and a good narrator in that she has access to all levels of society in the village. 

Unending horrors, both inevitable and self-inflicted are visited upon the village, but it does come to an end.  Some people say this is Brooks' best book (it is her first) and it certainly is appealing. 

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