Last year was tough. This year has been tough. In Melbourne, we’ve endured what has been reported to us as the longest and most intense lockdown globally (though I do wonder how true that is, having watched posts from overseas of people who have been in lockdown for an extremely long time).
A User’s Guide to a Pandemic tells of life during this time from the perspective of young people – teens and under. There are poems and diary entries and fiction and all kinds, and it’s charming and lovely. There is a strong sense of the stress and exhaustion and uncertainty we felt (and still feel), and there is hope.