Exploring the loss and survival Covid left in its wake
Michael Cunningham’s new novel offers a nuanced exploration of love and the ability to adapt to a world changed by the pandemic
Three years ago, the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, a global catastrophe that tested the limits of humanity. Countries in lockdown, school closures, millions of people admitted to hospital, jobs lost, industries decimated and the death of loved ones affecting the lives of billions of people. Its profound ramifications will be felt for years to come.
“How does anybody,” asks Michael Cunningham, “write a contemporary novel that’s about human beings that’s not about the pandemic?” On the 25th anniversary of his Pulitzer Prize winner The Hours comes his latest novel Day, a narrative that explores the evolution of familial relationships against the inexorable passage of time and the global shock waves resulting from the pandemic. ..
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