In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the centre of Dublin, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new ‘Spanish’ flu are quarantined. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders - Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a member of Sinn Féin on the run from the police; and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.
The author of this eerily topical novel, The Pull of the Stars, is Emma Donoghue. Her internationally renowned Room (2011) was adapted into a film by Lenny Abrahamson in 2015. This, her thirteenth novel, became a number one bestseller in Ireland and Canada, and made both the New York Times and Sunday Times lists on publication.
"A haunting and finely balanced literary novel ... complex, well-developed characters with distinctive voices and lives based on thorough research, vivid in ways that only excellent writing can offer." (The Guardian)
This Zoom conversation hosted by author Eibhear Walshe will be online and screened simultaneously at CCI.