The Wonder Lib/E

(Author) (Read by)
1 other format in stock!

Product Details

Little Brown and Company
Publish Date
6.6 X 1.2 X 6.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
Compact Disc
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Born in Ireland, national bestselling author EMMA DONOGHUE spent many years in England and now lives in Canada. Her books include Room (basis for the Oscar-nominated film), Slammerkin, and The Pull of the Stars. Her novels have been translated into eight languages.

Kate Lock has played Mrs. Linde in The Doll's House, Celia in Captain Oates Left Sock, and several leading roles at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. She co-wrote Tuesday's Child with Terry Johnson and in it played Teresa Doyle at Theatre Royal, Stratford, and for the BBC. She has also appeared in several television productions, including Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, Coronation Street, The Brief, The Bill, and Sweet Nothings, as well as comedy sketches with Rory Bremner, Hale and Pace, and Morecambe & Wise.


Kate Lock's deliberately paced narration is fully voiced...Her performance suits this historical novel...[as a] portrait of rural Ireland in 1859.

-- "AudioFile"

There is more to this mystery than superstitions and local dialect. Lib must...puzzle out the community itself and its contradictory beliefs in religion, science, and tradition...As Lib uncovers the truth about Anna, she gradually owns the truth about herself.

-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"
Lib is a heroine the modern woman can admire.-- "Time Magazine"
As in Room, Ms. Donoghue proves a shrewd observer of the parental urge to distort reality to protect children-and themselves-- " Wall Street Journal"
A fine, fact-based historical novel, an old-school page turner...Donoghue has written, with crackling intensity, about [spirituality's] power to destroy.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Donoghue proves herself endlessly inventive.... This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night and make you smarter.-- "Cosmopolitan"
Fascinating.... Like The Turn of the Screw, the novel opens irresistibly, when a young woman with a troubled past gets an enigmatic posting in a remote place.... Heartbreaking and transcendent and almost religious in itself.-- "New York Times"
Donoghue's measured prose is at its best when depicting damaged and failing flesh with extraordinarily vivid economy-- "Financial Times"
A riveting allegory about the trickle-down effect of trauma.-- "Vogue"
Donoghue's superb thriller will keep readers hanging on to every word, pondering how far one will go to prove her faith.-- " Real Simple"
Readers of historical fiction will gravitate to this tale.-- "Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times"
A locked-room mystery, set in atmospheric 19th-century Ireland and as spare, in its own way, as Room.... A fable as lean and discomfiting as Anna's dwindling body.... Donoghue keeps us riveted to Lib's perspective throughout.... Thanks to the complexity of Donoghue's ideas, there's plenty on which to ruminate.-- "Chicago Tribune"
An excellent new novel that is as much a mystery as it is an analysis of the extent to which some people are governed by their faith.-- "Houston Chronicle"
Donoghue poses powerful questions about faith and belief all the while crafting a compelling story and an evocative portrait of 19th-century Irish provincial society.-- "Newsday"
Donoghue is known for her bestselling novel, Room.... [But] she is also well versed in historical fiction. THE WONDER brings together the best of all, combining a gracefully tense, young voice with a richly detailed historical setting.-- " Millions"
[Donoghue's] contemporary thriller Room made [her] an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Outstanding.... Exploring the nature of faith and trust with heartrending intensity, Donoghue's superb novel will leave few unaffected.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Donoghue demonstrates her versatility by dabbling in a wide range of literary styles in this latest novel.... The closely imagined, intricately drawn story possesses many of the same alluring qualities as her bestseller, Room. .... Donoghue's engrossing novel is loaded with descriptions of period customs and 19th-century Catholic devotional objects and prayers...[and] asks daring questions about just how far some might go to prove their faith.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
What at first seems a simple matter becomes far more-stick with it, the payoff is there.-- " Marie Claire"
Has that vivid, ripped-from-the-headlines feel that comes from an author's utter fascination with a real-world subject.... THE WONDER is deliciously gothic.... Dark and vivid, with complicated characters, this is a novel that lodges itself deep.-- "Steph Cha, USA Today, 3/4 stars"
Fodder for endless book club debates.-- "Meghan O'Gieblyn, Los Angeles Review of Books"
Donoghue, a writer of great vitality and generosity-one gets the sense that she would gladly have her characters over for dinner, as long as they'd agree to eat-has been drawn repeatedly to the genre of historical fiction not so much to inhabit or reinterpret the past as to try to fit together its overlooked, missing pieces.... Fiction is small solace for history's grief, but it's one way to set the record straight.-- "Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker"