Luke Adam Hawker
The pandemic took its toll – and is taking it still and because we survived lockdown (and it was brief) many of us have moved on and back to our lives and it was all just a mild inconvenience. We were lucky. And we were supported by our government – they had our back. And the plan worked. And even if you don’t agree with that, we are here. And many of us see lockdown and the pandemic as something in the rearview mirror. But a year on there are people still dealing with grief, due to the actual loss of loved ones, but grief, too, of a life changed – some still in lockdown, or worse. Some so distrustful and fearing of their governments. Some losing friends to idiot conspiracy theories. There will be PTSD fallout for years. The toll on work and mental health incalculable.
So. You can understand why people are sick of rhetoric and news stories. And now the literature arrives. Books inspired by recent events. Books that presciently predicted plague-like events in their drafting stages two and three years ago seeing a strange new light of day on release.
Well, let this be the antidote. This beautiful book – what I consider a “Family Graphic Novel” – which is to say it’s a book to be shared and read together by all at various ages and stages – which never once mentions the pandemic, nor lockdown, nor any disease or virus by name. But it does tell stories of kindness and loss and yearning and togetherness. It keeps hope alive and heart on sleeve. And is beautiful. To say much more about it would be to ruin plotting and premise – for it’s a short read. But you should add it to your list. You should gift it to the people you care about. You should share it far. And wide.