Format: Audio 9 CDs 9 hrs equivalent 304 pages
Source: Public Library
Subject: Black Death
Category: The good old days - Histories
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, TIOLI, Audio
This book, which is a fictional account of the 1666 Black Death event in the Derbyshire village of Eyam, is basically a story of faith and survival. The main character, Anna Firth, loses her husband in a mining accident, then her children to the Black Death. Rather than wallow in self-pity and depression she battles the horrors of the plague alongside of the rector's wife. Her gentle spirit, though wounded by her own circumstances and past experiences, keeps her busy helping others throughout this devastating time.
I had heard that Geraldine Brooks' books were something to be treasured because of her writing style but maybe this story is not the best one to judge that by. I found it very slow, with little action, and kind of boring. Nothing much happened except for people dying and what would seem to be normal village political animosities. Not sure that I will pick up another of her books anytime soon.