We Spread (Compact Disc)

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Penny is alone and lonely after her partner's death. After a fall in the apartment that has been her home for many decades, she finds herself committed to an assisted care facility surrounded by a vast forest, where an overly solicitous woman attends to her every need. Slowly, the relief at having other people to converse and interact with gives way to the unsettling suspicion that there is a dark underlying motive for the attention being lavished upon her and the other three residents of the home. Is she suffering a lapse in judgment that comes with old age or is something much more sinister going on? Reading this delightfully unsettling book is like walking on an isolated, tree-shrouded path and becoming increasingly aware that the air around you is getting colder and colder. — Alden Graves


The author of the evocative, spine-tingling, and razor-sharp (Bustle) I'm Thinking of Ending Things that inspired the Netflix original movie and the short, shocking psychological three-hander (The Guardian) Foe returns with a new work of philosophical suspense.Penny, an artist, has lived in the same apartment for decades, surrounded by the artifacts and keepsakes of her long life. She is resigned to the mundane rituals of old age, until things start to slip. Before her longtime partner passed away years earlier, provisions were made, unbeknownst to her, for a room in a unique long-term care residence, where Penny finds herself after one too many incidents. Initially, surrounded by peers, conversing, eating, sleeping, looking out at the beautiful woods that surround the house, all is well. She even begins to paint again. But as the days start to blur together, Penny--with a growing sense of unrest and distrust--starts to lose her grip on the passage of time and on her place in the world. Is she succumbing to the subtly destructive effects of aging, or is she an unknowing participant in something more unsettling? At once compassionate and uncanny, told in spare, hypnotic prose, Iain Reid's genre-defying third novel explores questions of conformity, art, productivity, relationships, and what, ultimately, it means to grow old.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797144276
ISBN-10: 1797144278
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: September 27th, 2022
Language: English