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Books like The Pull of the Stars?

1reakendera
dec 15, 2020, 11:52am

I recently read The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue and absolutely loved it. So I'm looking for more books like this. Historical fiction with a focus on medicine and/or plagues & pandemics.

Thank you!

3lorax
dec 15, 2020, 12:09pm

Are you open to science fiction? Doomsday Book by Connie Willis has two linked plotlines, one set during the Black Plague and one set during a rather dated future (the book was published in 1992) with a flu pandemic.

4MarthaJeanne
dec 15, 2020, 12:13pm

>3 lorax: That was the title that jumped into my mind too. A very good book, but long.

5Marissa_Doyle
dec 15, 2020, 12:17pm

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks-- the plague in 17th century England

6AnnieMod
dec 15, 2020, 12:53pm

>3 lorax: Yep, the first one that came to mind as well :)

A Plague on Both Your Houses and the series after that may also work - a physician in 14th century Cambridge

7markon
dec 15, 2020, 1:31pm

You might enjoy The weight of ink by Rachel Kadish set in London. This story has two timelines. In the 17th century the main character, Ester, acts as a scribe for a rabbi. After his death she and his housekeeper scrabble for a place to live, and then the plague hits.

In the 2nd timeline, the 20th century, an historian about to retire finds out about a cache of manuscripts discovered in a 17th century house being renovated, and races against a rival to determine the authenticity of the documents.

9reakendera
dec 15, 2020, 10:04pm

>3 lorax: that does sound interesting, thank you!

10reakendera
dec 15, 2020, 10:04pm

>5 Marissa_Doyle: yessss i love year of wonders!

11reakendera
dec 15, 2020, 10:05pm

>6 AnnieMod: i'll check that out, thank you!

12reakendera
dec 15, 2020, 10:05pm

>7 markon: thanks for the reply, that sounds good!

13reakendera
dec 15, 2020, 10:05pm

>8 dara85: looks good, thank you!

14Micheller7
Redigerat: dec 25, 2020, 9:04am

You would like Fever by Mary Beth Keane. It is about Typhoid Mary. (She also wrote Ask Again, Yes which is wonderful but a different genre).
You might also like The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan. It is about the Johnstown Flood.

15nessreader
feb 24, 3:38am

I haven't read this - Cutting For Stone by Verghese but hear good things from people who have. It was on Obama's reading list when first published, and he does pick interesting reads.