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The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue


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The Pull of the Stars is the newest title from Emma Donoghue, best known for her 2010 novel, Room. This historical novel is quite timely, set in Ireland in 1918 against the backdrop of the First World War, the Irish uprisings and at the height of the Spanish Flu.

The doctor, who is one of the main characters in the story is based on a true historical figure. This searing account demonstrates an incredible amount of research that Donoghue weaves throughout her story. It explores life, death and love during a pandemic. It also highlights the toll that a community spread health crisis takes on our incredible front line workers. The Pull of the Stars will leave a deep impact on you long after reading.



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About The Author: Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in October 1969, I am the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue (the literary critic). I attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one eye-opening year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 I earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin (unfortunately, without learning to actually speak French). I moved to England, and in 1997 received my PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. From the age of 23, I have earned my living as a writer, and have been lucky enough to never have an ‘honest job’ since I was sacked after a single summer month as a chambermaid. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 I settled in London, Ontario, where I live with Chris Roulston and our son Finn and daughter Una. - From author's website www.emmadonoghue.com

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About Oxford Reads

A collaboration between Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library.

A community-wide reading initiative that connects each of Oxford County’s unique communities while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion.


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After compiling long and short lists of potential titles, Crow was was selected by staff at Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library considering the following criteria:

  • Book is written by a Canadian author
  • Is a work of fiction OR non-fiction
  • Has the potential to appeal to a broad audience
  • Title can generate discussion on a variety of topics/issues
  • There is diverse program potential and can work as a community builder
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