Set in mid 19th century Ireland The Wonder is an examination of morality. Lib Wright, a nurse trained by Florence Nightingale is sent to watch over a young girl, Anna O'Donnell. Anna has become something of a tourist attraction because she mysteriously, seems to be living on air. Donoghue was inspired by dozens of cases of fasting girls of mid 19th century. Described as deliciously gothic and even wondrous!