The pull of the stars : a novel / Emma Donoghue.

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      Summary: "In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have fallen sick are quarantined into a separate ward to keep the plague at bay. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders, a woman doctor who is a rumored Rebel, and a teenage girl, Bridie, procured by the nuns from their orphanage as an extra set of hands. At first, this Bridie seems unschooled in life, she makes up a bed with only the rubber mat and savors the weak tea and barely edible porridge from the hospital kitchen. But in the intensity of this ward, over three brutal days, Julia and the women come together in unexpected ways."--Publisher.
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      DONOGHUE, E. The pull of the stars : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Little, Brown and Company, 2020. ISBN 9780316499019. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 out. 2020.
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      Donoghue E. The Pull of the Stars : A Novel. First edition. Little, Brown and Company; 2020. Accessed October 21, 2020.
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      Donoghue, E. (2020). The pull of the stars : a novel (First edition.). Little, Brown and Company.
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      Donoghue, Emma. 2020. The Pull of the Stars : A Novel. First edition. Little, Brown and Company.
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      Donoghue, E. (2020) The pull of the stars : a novel. First edition. Little, Brown and Company. Available at: (Accessed: 21 October 2020).
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      Donoghue, E 2020, The pull of the stars : a novel, First edition., Little, Brown and Company, viewed 21 October 2020, .
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      Donoghue, Emma. The Pull of the Stars : A Novel. First edition., Little, Brown and Company, 2020. EBSCOhost,
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      Donoghue, Emma. The Pull of the Stars : A Novel. First edition. Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
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      Donoghue E. The pull of the stars : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Little, Brown and Company; 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 21]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2

*Starred Review* Julia Powell, a dedicated nurse at a Dublin hospital in 1918, pours her energy into caring for patients in the women's fever ward, tending to pregnant women struggling to both give birth and fight off the flu. Turning 30, Julia is unbothered by the prospects of never marrying, focusing her concern instead on the prospects of recovery for her brother, Tim, back from the war with no physical wounds but deeply wounded, nonetheless. At work, Julia laments the extra cots jammed into wards and dire newspaper headlines. She is on the front line in what had been seen as a golden age of medicine conquering maladies from anthrax to malaria but is now no match for the disease "beating us hollow." In the tumult of influenza and the post–WWI era, she meets two extraordinary women: a sprite of a helper, Bridie Sweeney, a young woman well acquainted with the battle to survive poverty, and the indomitable Dr. Lynn, a firebrand indicted in the Irish uprising who was released to help in the overcrowded hospital. These two women will change everything Julia thought she knew about life, nursing, politics, and love. Donoghue (Akin, 2019) offers vivid characters and a gripping portrait of a world beset by a pandemic and political uncertainty. A fascinating read in these difficult times.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Readers ardently pursue every book by Donoghue, but the prescient pandemic theme and valiant nurse protagonist in her powerful latest will increase interest exponentially. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 May #4

Donoghue's searing tale (after Akin) takes readers to a Dublin beleaguered by wartime shortages and ravaged by a lethal new strain of influenza. On Halloween in 1918, nurse Julia Powers, single and ambivalent about marriage, is about to turn 30. When Julia's supervisor gets the flu, Julia is left alone serving a ward of high-risk pregnant influenza patients. Kathleen Lynn (the story's only historical figure), an activist involved with the radical Sinn Féin party, supplements Julia's own knowledge of obstetrics, and volunteer Bridey Sweeney arrives to help with the backbreaking work. Julia feels a powerful draw to the smart and willing Bridey, whose optimism belies her impoverished upbringing in a brutal charity orphanage. As they cope with the ward's unceasing cycle of birth and death, their closeness challenges Julia's sense of herself and her life. While the novel's characters and plot feel thinner than the best of the author's remarkable oeuvre, her blunt prose and detailed, painstakingly researched medical descriptions do full justice to the reality of the pandemic and the poverty that helps fuel it. Donoghue's evocation of the 1918 flu, and the valor it demands of health-care workers, will stay with readers. (July)

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