my take: The heroine, a Nightingale trained nurse, is hired to keep a two-week watch over a young girl who claims to be eating nothing for four months. Is it a miracle, a divine intervention, or is it a hoax? Much of the 'action' takes place in the girl's small room, from the author of Room where ALL the action takes place in a small shed.
Here she explores the nature of religious devotion, of English versus Irish, of superstitions vs fact, and of nurses versus doctors.
I thought this was a bit boring for a while and then needed to find out was it a hoax!? As the past of the nurse and the Wonder are revealed, a compelling enough tale emerges.
my source: browsing Herrick Library shelves
my verdict: Quiet, good read