Novelist Emma Donoghue is perhaps best known for her bestselling novel, "Room." It's about a 5-year-old boy named Jack who's spent his life imprisoned in a tiny shed with his mother. She was abducted by a man seven years earlier.
A film based on the book came out last year, and Donoghue was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay.
Now Donoghue has a new novel, "The Wonder." It tells a different kind of story. However it, too, is about a child who is confined and isolated with an adult who watches over her.
"The Wonder" is set in 1850s Ireland. Eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell has lived without food for four months, and the locals have begun to wonder if her survival is some kind of a miracle — if she's some kind of saint.
They enlist Lib Wright, an English nurse, to sit with the child and watch her, to see if she's really surviving without sustenance, or instead, perpetrating some kind of hoax by sneaking food.
This segment aired on September 23, 2016.