Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin in 1969 and is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in 18th-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays, as well as fairy tales and short stories. Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes.
MFOB FEATURED BOOK: The Wonder(to be published September 2016)
Set in Ireland in the 1850s, Lib, an English nurse who was trained by Florence Nightingale, arrives in a small village where a young girl has been fasting for four months and claims she is living only on manna from heaven. Lib is to sit and watch in a small room to determine whether the girl is a fraud. Is it a miracle? Or is there something much more sinister going on?
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