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Solid, engaging reminder of life in the first days of COVID, blended with an intriguing tale of folk medicine and East European immigrants.

It’s a question many writers must have pondered in the past three years – how to deal with the seismic events that have been the universally-shared experience of the Covid-19 Pandemic. In tackling the subject head-on, making it the key driver of his narrative, Rothman has at least sidestepped the question over whether to have masks and social distancing as background features of their fictional world. What’s left then, is the matter of using something so huge and, for so many, tragic for the basis of a work of fiction.

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