Episode 73: Emma Donoghue on Fasting, Fairies, and More


This week we have Emma Donoghue on the show to talk about her latest novel, The Wonder. She’s the author of five story collections and eight other novels, including Room (2010), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and adapted, with a screenplay by Donoghue, into last year’s Academy Award-winning film.

In The Wonder, a small Irish village is mystified by a little girl who refuses to eat. Anna O’Donnell says she’s being kept alive by her faith in God. In this conversation we hear about the fasting girls from history that inspired Emma’s book, the fairies that inhabit the Irish countryside, and more.

You can read Stephen King’s New York Times review of The Wonder here.




Buy The Wonder at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or at your local independent book store.