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We Spread
We Spread | Iain Reid
17 posts | 20 read | 14 to read
The author of the "evocative, spine-tingling, and razor-sharp" (Bustle) I'm Thinking of Ending Things that inspired the Netflix original movie returns with a mind-bending and chilling novel about the power of loneliness on a person's psyche. 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.
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she.hearts.horror
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I‘m still processing this one. 💀💀💀💀😝

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

Engaging premise, but it went on far too long. It would have been a powerful short story or novella.

It did keep me mostly entertained while painting - one of my least favorite chores.

BarbaraBB Agree! I loved both his other books but this one was a bit less. 7mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB I don‘t think I‘ve read anything else by him, I will need to check out his other work. This one was creative, just too long. 7mo
BarbaraBB Foe and the tagged are great! 7mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB oh yes, I read I‘m thinking of Ending things and liked it! 7mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Penny is sent to a senior community after a fall proves to much for her to live alone. Strange things start to occur. Is it dementia or is something evil afoot? 4 stars
#20in4
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 7mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Reading We Spread while rewatching the original Leverage. I turned my fiance into a Leverage addict.
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ShananigansReads That show is so good. I‘ve watched multiple times. 7mo
Andrew65 Sounds good 😁 7mo
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TheLudicReader
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Changed reading location today to finish this book. Like all Reid's books, this was pretty much unputdownable and also....what did I just read? Penny, by prearrangement, goes to live in a long term care facility, but things are super weird...or does she have dementia. Smart and also wtf? That's my son Connor in the background.

dabbe Hi, Connor! A handsome man indeed! 💙💚💙 8mo
BarbaraBB Such a wonderful weird read again! And your son is 👌🏽 8mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful cover. Hi Connor! 8mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

I think depending on how much you fear the aging process, death, this book will be more or less affecting, gripping. I've heard some glowing reviews, but it just didn't impact me the same way.
I suppose you could consider that denial, but as the decades pass I'd like to think I'm closer to quiet acceptance, than the false impression of immortality that youth holds. 1/2

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 I truly appreciate the sentiment this book seems to lead to, but for all that it was a quick read at under 300 pages, I can't help but feel the actual content/plot/themes are such that they could have been covered in a novella, even a short story. ⚠️ suicide 11mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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My new fave cat description. 🐈😸

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Megabooks
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This is a wild horror book to read when you spend all day caring for your elderly parents! Seemed almost too real! 😱

Penny‘s partner has died, and she‘s living alone. Strange noises are coming from next door, too, not to mention the sketchy repairman… When she falls while changing a lightbulb, her landlord takes her to an assisted living home. But time seems to pass strangely there, and she thinks the staff may be up to no good…

BarbaraBB This is so weird: I read this book just a few months ago but I don‘t remember a thing based on your review! 👵🏼 11mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB lol! I hope I remember this because I liked it, but sometimes it just doesn‘t happen. 11mo
BarbaraBB I liked it too but it doesn‘t ring a bell 🤦🏻‍♀️ 11mo
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batsy Your opening paragraph has me interested (and scared, lol). Nice review! 11mo
Megabooks @batsy thanks!! 😱 11mo
Cinfhen 👍🏽💜 11mo
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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚
#boleybooks #wespread #lainreid #bookbeast #bookjoy #bookbuds
What are you reading? 😊

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Mehso-so

An odd but intriguing book.

Borrowed from the library.

Read for reading challenges.

4/5

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alecia3dixie
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So I think I ended up not liking this one as much because I worked in a memory care unit for a very long time. Actually being in the mind of the person with dementia was okay. But the way the author portrayed the owner and workers as tho they might be evil, didn't sit with me. Most of the time workers love patients like their own family and try to make them as comfortable as possible. I hope nobody thinks nursing homes are actually evil. 💔 2.5/5

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BarbaraBB
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Penny is an elder woman, she starts forgetting things, has an aching knee, doesn‘t take care of herself very well. When she moves to Six Cedars, a small housing facility for the elder, all seems to go better for a while. Penny is a lovely unreliable narrator, does she forget things or is time playing tricks on her? And what about Shelley, who manages the place? A disturbing read about aging, typically Iain Reid.

Picture: Kronberg, Germany

Soubhiville Great setting! 1y
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 1y
KarenUK Lovely! 😍 1y
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Megabooks Sounds interesting! 1y
LeahBergen What a gorgeous photo! 1y
batsy Love the photo and the book sounds very interesting. 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely pic. I have this one stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 1y
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rmaclean4
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Wonderful creepy tale of old age and the value of a good death. Really enjoyed this fast paced horror novel.

Cathythoughts Sounds good .. stacking. 1y
BarbaraBB I am going to read this during Christmas break! 1y
rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB It is a super fast read. 1y
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MysticFaerie
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3.5⭐️/5⭐️

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StaceyKondla
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I‘ve been shit about posting(it‘s been 2 years since I‘ve been in Litsy-eep😱) so I am going to try to do better. My most recent listen was WE SPREAD by Iain Reid. I love his sparse and sharp prose. While this novel has speculative, gothic, and thriller elements it is also a highly literary exploration of aging and dementia. Not a feel good read and I‘m still on the fence about the ending, but definitely worth reading. #readcanadian #gothic

Leftcoastzen Glad you are back !👍👏 1y
StaceyKondla Thank you @Leftcoastzen! I am happy to be back ❤️ 1y
wanderinglynn Welcome back! 1y
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IamIamIam Welcome back!!! Life happens, we get it! 🥰 1y
Bookwormjillk Welcome back! 1y
StaceyKondla Thank you @wanderinglynn , @lamlamlam , and @Bookwormjillk - I appreciate the welcome ❤️ 1y
kspenmoll So happy to see you back! 1y
StaceyKondla @kspenmoll thank you! I‘m so glad many of my fave Litsy people are still here 😊 It‘s nice to be in touch again! ❤️ 1y
kwmg40 Nice to see you back! 1y
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Mpcacher
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After reading all of this author's previous works, I will always be surprised by where he takes his craft. This short novel about an elderly woman in a small long term care residence who is becoming increasingly confused touched a chord with me. My mother died of Lewy Body dementia and through Reid's work I could better imagine what her 18 months was like. This is a wonderful, albeit confusing, story but I think that is the point. 4.5/5

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vivastory
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As though the new King in September wasn't enough excitement, Iain Reid's newest (& longest) is scheduled for publication at the end of the month. Also, an adaptation of Foe starring Saoirse Ronan (!) is currently in production. Summary of Reid's next book here:
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/We-Spread/Iain-Reid/9781982169350

Ashley_Nicoletto I can‘t decide if I‘m the most excited or hesitantly excited over the new SK. Billy Summers was maybe my least favorite read of his. 2y
BkClubCare I can feel your excitement! (But am only familiar with King. Stephen King or ??? 🥴) Will investigate the others. 2y
RaeLovesToRead Ooh... 👀 2y
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vivastory @Ashley_Nicoletto I haven't read Billy Summers yet. I find his new works to be a bit hit or miss. I did not care for The Institute but I read both Sleeping Beauties & Later last year & they are both easily among my favorites of his. 2y
vivastory @BkClubCare Yep, Stephen King! 🙌 2y
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead Are you a fan? 2y
RaeLovesToRead I enjoyed I'm thinking of ending things a lot (although I'm not sure it made sense) and I would definitely read another of his books... didn't realise he had so many others out! 2y
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead I really liked Foe, but I'm Thinking of Ending Things is my fave so far. His upcoming one will be his 3rd book. 🤓 2y
RaeLovesToRead Just realised above you were talking about Stephen King. Foe has beetles on the cover in a crawly pattern so it would have to be a Kindle read 😅 2y
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead That's one instance when the UK cover is not better *shudder* Looking through the feed for the book I see that I read it as part of #NewYearWhoDis 2 years ago. I remember staying up really late to finish it, but it was completely worth it! 2y
Megabooks Fantastic!! 2y
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