An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well.
A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story. Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes.
Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 22/09/2016
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781509818389