Drama

The Fell by Sarah Moss

I am one of those people who want the pandemic mentioned in books based in 2020 (and the years that followed). When I made my last year’s list, when I had to mention the period in books, everything with nothing about the pandemic went into the 2019 pile. This skewed my stats for the year, but I was not budging. The magnitude of the pandemic was too big to avoid in the picture of family stories and such. This is not the first book I have read which focused completely on the pandemic and the immediate repercussions, but it does focus on a very different part from the other.
It is not a large volume, but it felt like it weighed much more (content-wise). We are in a rural area where the lockdown rules are being enforced (as much as possible). One mother locked in with her teenage son reaches the end of her tether and decides to go for an innocent walk on a path that is familiar to her, knowing it would have fewer people on it. What she doesn’t do is tell her son or take her phone with her. As this seemingly simple situation gets direr, we look into two more families and their dynamics and the conversations that the lockdown and the pandemic as a whole triggered. The brunt of continuing to be ‘patient’ when required is often tested in such a short narrative.
My issue with the book was that the conclusion was not enough for me. I watched and waited and appreciated all the glimpses of lives I was being provided(the author said a lot with few words), and I felt like I deserved more towards the end. I wanted to have some sort of conclusion with people voicing all the hidden thoughts. I know this is not a given in books like this, but in this case, I strongly felt like I wanted it!
I highly recommend this to people who are willing and want to read books based on the lockdown and the events that might have (and probably did) happened during that time.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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