Emma Donoghue - The WonderThe Wonder

Emma Donoghue

Set in mid-nineteenth century Ireland, this is the story of a young eleven year old lass who has supposedly survived on nothing but 'manna from heaven' for four months. An English nurse and a local nun are sent to observe the child for a fortnight to either confirm or refute the claims. Is the child a saint, the victim of  fervent Catholicism characteristic of the era, or the victim of something more sinister?