“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
I devoured this book in a day, and would turn back to page one and re-read it if it wasn't mother's day -- moms come first! Based on true events in Eyams, England in 1665-1666, this story about how an isolated village deals with a plague outbreak is completely enveloping. I felt attached to the three main characters, and they were surprisingly well developed considering the speed at which the story unfolded. Even the peripheral characters were poignant in their own way. It wasn't just the depth of characters, or the description of the countryside and daily life. It wasn't just the story she told, but how she told it. Beautifully written, it makes me want to read more by Brooks.