This week on Well Read, best-selling, award-winning author Emma Donoghue—of Room (2010) fame—will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent novel, The Wonder (2016), released September 20. A historical thriller set in 1859 Ireland, Donoghue’s latest introduces English nurse Lib Wright and her “unsettling mission”: the care of 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell, a girl who has supposedly survived months without food. As Sarah Johnson writes in her starred Booklist review, this “superb novel” explores “the nature of faith and trust with heartrending intensity.” In the video clip above, Donoghue discusses the many motivations of The Wonder’s clamoring townspeople.
To watch her full conversation with Jaffe and Gwinn, check your public television affiliate’s schedule and World Channel beginning this Friday, January 13. And don’t miss Donoghue’s whimsical foray into kids’ lit, The Lotterys Plus One (2017), due out in March—or its Booklist review, available now.
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