Book Club for Sept. 8, 2021

Our book for September is “The Pull of the Stars,” by Emma Donoghue

The meeting date is tentative. Meeting details are TBD.

Here is a review by Book Club member Robin Story.

The tears are drying on my cheeks as I write this. Emma Donoghue started writing this book as the centenary of the 1918 Pandemic approached. It’s the story of a “closet” in a Dublin hospital that had been converted to a ward for expectant mothers who had the influenza. Covering only three days, the character-driven story describes Nurse Julia Power, her three expectant mothers, and Bridie Sweeney, a 22-year-old volunteer sent by a local convent. The pace is frenetic, with nonstop action and heartbreak. The author introduces fully formed supporting characters, each who add to the drama. The descriptions of the births are more graphic than most of us would want to read, and the influenza itself is a major character. The current COVID-19 pandemic started just as the book was in the final stages.