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We Spread

A book by Iain Reid.

Iain Reid

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. (From Simon & Schuster)

Iain Reid is an Ottawa-born author. His debut novel, the 2016 psychological thriller I'm Thinking of Ending Thingswas adapted into a film by American writer and director Charlie Kaufman for Netflix. He is also the author of the memoirs One Bird's Choice and The Truth About Luck.

Interviews with Iain Reid

In the world of psychological thrillers, Canadian author Iain Reid is a bonafide hitmaker. His bestselling novels I'm Thinking of Ending Things and Foe have both been adapted for film, and his latest release, We Spread, is now headed down the same route. Reid sat down with Tom Power to talk about his new book, why he’s drawn to the suspenseful and his secrets for weaving a compelling story.
Iain Reid’s new novel "We Spread", is a thriller about aging. Reid is known for his unsettling and mysterious books, including I’m Thinking of Ending Things which was adapted to a film for Netflix. Gill Deacon spoke with Iain Reid about his new novel for Here and Now's afternoon book club.
Iain Reid, the author of We Spread, takes The Next Chapter's Proust questionnaire.

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