In Emma Donoghue’s arresting new page-turner of a novel, “The Pull of the Stars,” an urban hospital is overwhelmed by victims of a cruel new disease. The sounds of wracking coughs cut through the air as medical supplies run short, and face masks become commonplace in the streets. Meanwhile, the government touts false cures and contends that the epidemic is under control.
The parallels to 2020 are uncanny, but this is history, not prescience. The year is 1918, and the illness, of course, is influenza. As Donoghue writes in an author’s note, “‘The Pull of the Stars’ is fiction pinned together with facts.”
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