5.09.2022

finished reading

A satirical author's take on the Pandemic--should be wryly funny. I was amused until the fourth section.  Then I just couldn't care.  Living in the compound was an entertaining examination of the friends we choose to have as family, as well as the intricate bonds that are formed over decades-long relationships.  But I didn't like the ending with its stream-of-consciousness far-out dream sequences.  

From the publisher:
It's March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaulate whom they love and what matters most. The unlikely cast of characters include: a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a young flame-thrower of an essayist, originally from the Carolinas; and a movie star, The Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family.

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