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However, if you keep an open dialogue with each other, an intense environment with a partner can be a quick way to learn how you both work and can create a stronger partnership. We meet John, who sits in a 24-hour McDonald’s in the Hong Kong suburb of Sai Kung, sipping warm water and ruminating on the state of the city. I’m also certain that years from now, we will have a wide selection of novels and films set during our pandemic, one we will continue to live through until the world is vaccinated.

Each diner, worker, and loiterer is representative of everyone else and is yet still wonderfully distinctive. Phoebe also thinks about Hong Kong and lockdowns and wonders if there was ever a time when most Hong Kong people weren’t on a type of lockdown. O’Sullivan penetrates deep, lending an emotional and socio-historical richness to his characters that elevates the story from a character drama to a uniquely moving social critique. With nowhere to go, Kristal accepts Lisette's invitation to stay with her, until the pandemic is over.

He spends the early days of the pandemic in a 24-hour McDonald’s in Sai Kung while his wife Sue is home with their sickly baby son, Sam. But for Catharine, the hardest part of coexisting with Kyle was not having her own space to process. As I started his book, I found it both eerie and surreal to read about these events that we now know all too well. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It is not the harrowing news reports and images that define the novel but his characters’ response to them.

There is also an appearance by a pangolin, which at first could seem a bit incongruous, but it works and is important in showing how the virus might have started and our role as humans in disrupting the environment.LinkedIn and 3rd parties use essential and non-essential cookies to provide, secure, analyze and improve our Services, and to show you relevant ads (including professional and job ads) on and off LinkedIn. Reflecting on their shared time together, it hasn’t all been easy: “I think there’s been more little fights and getting on each other’s nerves here and there because we are around each other so much,” says Carolina. Just as “Hong Kong was waking up to see itself like it had never seen itself”, so are Phoebe, John, his wife Sue, and through them, so is the reader. Ric Forster’s Lockdown Lovers star Kate Mayhew and Stevie McKeon as Kristal and Lisette, two women who share a one-night stand on the last night of the former’s trip to Australia. We also get regular updates and reflections on the time of lockdown from Phoebe Ho, Kwok-ying and a pangolin.

We see academics and tutors navigating the liminal space of online teaching, some forming new connections and others, cameras off, hiding inside “black boxes”. In the novel, present-day John remembers spending time in the United College Library Archives at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, looking through Hennessy’s letters from Hong Kong. as a lover of heady scents think oud, jasmines etc this ticks the box of an almost incense ( without all the chemicals) well it does to me anyway. I think the big thing will be how our relationship will be in normal life, because we have been in such a bubble with each other. Lahore, Pakistan: Lakir Art GalleryEvent: Lockdown Lovers, Lakir, 108 A Block, Faisal Town, Lahore, Pakistan.But O’Sullivan riffs on this newness, and in a refreshing shift of binaries, it no longer just Beijing legislation that has transformed the city into the “dystopian vision”, but the city’s own immune system. Books like Ying Ma’s Severance and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793 also provided a counterintuitive calming effect. We were comfortable letting off steam with each other and then disappearing from each other’s lives, no questions asked, sometimes for years on end. The novel reminds us of our undying capacities for contact and closeness even at times of pandemic, when they seem threatened like never before.

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