Posted on 02/26/2022 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

All of us experienced the coronavirus pandemic differently.

Some of us, with loved ones — or themselves — in front-line jobs, have been on high alert for years now.

Others who are better able to isolate — or who are more fatalistic — have perhaps kept their anxiety and fear to a manageable level.

And so it stands to reason that authors would respond to COVID-19 in varying ways, too.

The New York Times spoke to several literary novelists about how they've chosen to handle it in fiction.

Some, as well as some literary critics, saw it as unappealing both to readers and to themselves.

Others accommodated it in various ways, from at least wondering whether it would seem odd for characters to meet for drinks all the way up to using it as an essential plot point.

So, assuming you don't fall in the camp of those who cringe at the word COVID, read about the dilemma of COVID-19 in literary fiction in the NY Times.

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