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{Read E-pub} Þ The Pull of the Stars à Dublin, Three Days In A Maternity Ward At The Height Of The Great Flu A Small World Of Work, Risk, Death And Unlooked For Love, By The Bestselling Author Of The Wonder And ROOMIn An Ireland Doubly Ravaged By War And Disease, Nurse Julia Power Works At An Understaffed Hospital In The City Center, Where Expectant Mothers Who Have Come Down With The Terrible New Flu Are Quarantined Together Into Julia S Regimented World Step Two Outsiders Doctor Kathleen Lynn, On The Run From The Police, And A Young Volunteer Helper, Bridie SweeneyIn 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 WorkIn The Pull Of The Stars, Emma Donoghue Once Again Finds The Light In The Darkness In This New Classic Of Hope And Survival Against All Odds Popping in here with my most common note on reviews THIS BOOK HAS QUEER REP Sexuality isn t a spoiler In fact, it s almost the only way to market a book to me at this point. Here we are in the golden age of medicine making such great strides against rabies, typhoid fever, diphtheria and a common or garden influenza is beating us hollow Serious question were there always this many books about pandemics Is this like one of those things where you learn about something you d never heard of before and then, suddenly, it s EVERYWHERE Because I keep reading these books that were written pre COVID and pandemics seem to be stalking me.Anyway, I really liked this und Here we are in the golden age of medicine making such great strides against rabies, typhoid fever, diphtheria and a common or garden influenza is beating us hollow Serious question were there always this many books about pandemics Is this like one of those things where you learn about something you d never heard of before and then, suddenly, it s EVERYWHERE Because I keep reading these books that were written pre COVID and pandemics seem to be stalking me.Anyway, I really liked this understated exploration of healthcare, illness, maternity, and all kinds of power abuses The Pull of the Stars is set in Ireland in 1918 It s a book that goes a lot deeper than you may first expect It takes place over only a few days and barely moves outside of the single room in which Nurse Julia Power cares for those who are pregnant and in quarantine It was a surprisingly emotional journey following Julia through her day as a nurse, trying to keep fevers down and despair at bay Trying, against horrendous odds, to deliver healthy living babies.The 1918 influenza was a devastating pandemic Even as people were killing each other on the battlefields of the First World War, an evendeadly killer was spreading from person to person through love, kindness, touch Here Donaghue brings a uniquely Irish perspective to the time With the combination of aversion to contraception, the social pressure to churn out babies upwards of ten was the norm , sexual abuses in religious institutions and Magdalene laundries, a maternal mortality rate of 15%, AND the pandemic, this was a terrible time and place to be a woman and pregnant.Nurse Power sees mothers trying and failing to give birth to their twelfth child because their bodies can t take anyShe sees young victims of sexual abuse terrified as they are forced to give birth to the babies of the male relatives who raped them She sees the fallen women of Magdalene laundries forced to give up their babies She sees abuse victims who are afraid to get better and leave the hospital I found myself wondering who d put us all in the hands of these old men in the first place It may seem like the whole story takes place in one small room, but much of the horror that happens there is rooted in far reaching abuses of power, religious hypocrisy, and social policy In the early twentieth century, many people really did believe that class was genetic and passed from parent to child, so the doctors in this book dismiss the infants of poor working class people literally from the minute they are born.I would definitely recommend it if you can stomach the gore and the mentions of abuse incest all off page I liked that the author wove a lot of historical fact with her fiction, including the character of Kathleen Lynn, who I was unfamiliar with The only thing I didn t love is how the romantic subplot seemed to come flying in out of nowhere with no romantic chemistry suggested beforehand, but it was such a small part of what s going on in this book that I didn t mind very much.Facebook Instagram Dublin, 1918, the world is being ravaged by the Spanish flu, influenza Men are returning from the war, damaged, changed Julia is an almost thirty, single woman, living with her brother who cannot or will not speak She is also a nurse, which is one of the only decent employment available to women Her hospital is beseiged by flu cases and her ward is one that handles the flu in those that are also pregnant Staff so short, she is alone, in charge, handling what can only be described as our pre Dublin, 1918, the world is being ravaged by the Spanish flu, influenza Men are returning from the war, damaged, changed Julia is an almost thirty, single woman, living with her brother who cannot or will not speak She is also a nurse, which is one of the only decent employment available to women Her hospital is beseiged by flu cases and her ward is one that handles the flu in those that are also pregnant Staff so short, she is alone, in charge, handling what can only be described as our present ICU Supplies snd medicines are scarce Sound familiar Since she is alone, Julia is assigned a young untrained girl to be her runner Bridie lives with the sisters, nuns who have little mercy for orphans or so called fallen women Few available doctor s has the hospital allowing a woman doctor, Kathleen Lynn, who is wanted by the police for taking part in protests Over three days these women will come to mean alot to each other.Medicine was so primitive, there was little that could be done The accuracy in the writing, the details pull one right in and immerses them in this desperate time frame Reminded me of a darker, Call if the Midwives, though these sisters were not the kind ones of Nautilus House Dr Katherine Lynn was a real person, as is detailed in the authors note, as are many of the historical details.A sad time chronicling the terrible times in the past, parallel to the time happening now Our medicines and capabilities are better, but still we are at present held hostage by a virus.ARC from Edelweiss 5 Stars, one of the best of 2020Talk about timing Emma Donoghue became interested in the Great Influenza in 2018 because of the 100 year anniversary But as she put the final touches on her draft, the corona virus reared its ugly head Emma Donoghue has always been a master at putting us smack dab in a time and place Here, it s Ireland in 1918 WWI is still ongoing and the Influenza has Dublin in its grasp Nurse Julia Powers is acting matron of the Maternity Fever Ward Into her ward comes Br 5 Stars, one of the best of 2020Talk about timing Emma Donoghue became interested in the Great Influenza in 2018 because of the 100 year anniversary But as she put the final touches on her draft, the corona virus reared its ugly head Emma Donoghue has always been a master at putting us smack dab in a time and place Here, it s Ireland in 1918 WWI is still ongoing and the Influenza has Dublin in its grasp Nurse Julia Powers is acting matron of the Maternity Fever Ward Into her ward comes Bridie, with no training whatsoever, and Dr Lynn, a female doctor and Sinn Fein rebel There are similarities to our current epidemic, with overflowing hospitals, supply shortages and the need for masks, but we also get to see what has changed No doctors nowadays prescribing alcohol to pregnant women to give them comfort or linseed poultices to cure a cough And the same lack of understanding about social distancing The queue I passed outside the picture house Grown men, women and children, all gasping to get into the great germ box The writing is so detailed, you will feel you are in the room And the characters come across as fully fleshed This book just drew me in It s not a fast paced story, but I was desperate to know what the outcome would be for them and the patients under their care The story is heartbreaking As with our own crisis, the book points out the incredible strain on the workers tasked with caring for the sick As an interesting side note, Dr Lynn was a real person Make sure to read the Author s Note for her history My thanks to netgalley and Little, Brown for an advance copy of this book