Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Trailer Park Tuesday: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

Emma Donoghue (Room) returns to her historical fiction roots in the new novel, The Wonder. Set in a small Irish village in the mid-1800s, The Wonder, like Room, revolves around a child—this time, instead of the room-bound Jack, it’s eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell who hasn’t eaten any food for months, claiming to be living off manna from heaven. A nurse is dispatched to watch over her and determine whether it’s a hoax or a miracle. The trailer is a simple affair with the standard parade of text and blurbs scrolling across moody shots of Irish scenery while raucous Irish jig music insistently plays in the background. This trailer wants to make absolutely certain we know where the novel is set. I would have preferred some dark, ominous music to set the stage—especially with the trailer’s tagline, “Is it Miracle or Murder?” All that aside, I’ll be reading The Wonder anyway because, like many of you, I’m hungry for another great Donoghue novel. Let’s eat.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished it, and like Room, it's a grabber! The plot "reveals" are masterfully conceived and subtlety uncovered, and the reader is helplessly drawn into this other "room" -- the one where Anna lies dying. I felt every stage of her slow degradation, and in my mind, I begged her to eat something, just as nurse Lib did. This is another winner! --Tisa Houck