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Feb 27, 2021
Three days in a small cramped maternity fever ward in Dublin Ireland during 1918 war and flu. Well written and well researched, but a bit too much graphic description of difficult births for me, at times I lost the theme of the characters. I do like Donoghue attention to historical details and facts, but it is painful to read of the treatment of women, especially unwed mothers and orphans, over the course of Irish history. And I did learn a new fact: the origin of the word influenza.