McIntosh’s story in the first volume of this triptych was a strong one, and ditto this one, albeit with the proviso that this story doesn’t really progress the narrative, but rather gives and view on the outbreak of the ‘nodding virus’.
Ray is rather perplexed when his wife chooses to inform him that she has been having an affair just as the virus spreads into their city. He seeks solace from an unlikely source (viz the title), and we follow his emotional rollercoaster until his part in the story memorably finishes through his limited perception, as the virus strikes him. It’s nicely observed.
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