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Kathy Kelly, CND Associate, Ottawa and Eleanor McCloskey, CND

The Wonder is a novel by Emma Donoghue, the Canadian-Irish author of "The Room", set in 19th century Ireland about a form of behaviour by some at that time. It involves an 11 year old girl who appears not to have eaten anything for 4 months and a nurse from England who along with a Catholic nun have been tasked with observing her closely for two weeks to see if that is true. It unfolds as a mystery and is not a light read. However it does shed light on some of the religious practices of the time in the light of science as it unfolds in the lives of the characters in the book. Emma Donoghue has more background information on her website.

Kathy Kelly, CND Associate, Ottawa 

Left Neglected. Many readers who enjoyed Lisa Genova’s writing in “Still Alice” have welcomed this novel about a woman’s post-accident experience in which she “loses contact” with her left side and in fact, with anything or anyone to her left! Lisa writes the recovery story in a way that describes many interacting factors – family relationships, adjustments to newness and letting go, processing successes and failures. It’s so much more than just a recounting of medical /professional efforts and assessing physical progress. It’s about a new life for Sarah, her totally supportive husband Bob, their children Charlie, Lucy and Linus. It’s a transformation story! 

Eleanor McCloskey, CND 


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