We Spread

Category: Book
By (author): Reid, Iain
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Psychological
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: September 2022
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

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.

Review Quote*

"I loved this book and couldn't put it down-a deeply gripping, surreal, and wonderfully mysterious novel. Not only has Reid given us a brilliant page-turner, but a profoundly moving meditation on life and art, death and infinity. Reid is a master."
MONA AWAD, author of Bunny and All's Well

Review Quote*

"A taut and frightening read, perhaps best called a thriller. But the true thrill is in how so slender a book tackles such big questions-What does it mean to make art? What happens as we near death?-with such grace."
RUMAAN ALAM, author of Leave the World Behind 

Review Quote*

"Simply hypnotic. This novel works by a fine hat trick of genre-twisting subtlety, chilling suspense, and a bone-close two-fold portrait of aging in a world that devours everything. The book surprises, even betrays, and every second of its rich rewards is earned by Iain Reid's winning, wise restraint. Read it to be caught in this brilliantly inspired vision of art and life. I am glad I did."
CANISIA LUBRIN, Griffin Poetry Prize–winning author of The Dyzgraphxst

Review Quote*

"Reid masterfully gets into the psyche of his characters and readers all at once. What a gift."
ALMA HAR'EL, director of Bombay Beach and Honey Boy 

Biographical Note

Iain Reid is the author of four previous books, including his New York Times bestselling debut novel I'm Thinking of Ending Things, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman wrote and directed the film adaptation for Netflix. His second novel, Foe, is being adapted for film, starring Saoirse Ronan, with Reid cowriting the screenplay. His latest novel is We Spread. Reid lives in Ontario, Canada. Follow him on Twitter @Reid_Iain.