And Always Coming Back
by Jude Sierra
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add firstname.lastname@example.org as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 16 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2021
At first, David and Evan found a silver lining to quarantine in togetherness. But as the months wore on, the novelty wore off. At the seven-month marker, David broke down—but not because of what was happening outside. Recognizing that loneliness could wield power even when you’re not alone, David and Evan commit to rediscovering the silver that lines togetherness.
From the author of Idlewild and A Tiny Piece of Something Greater, And Always Coming Back is available for request on NetGalley for a very limited time as part of the Interlude Press Come What May short story series.
"Jude Sierra's "And Always Coming Back" is a beautiful and tender rediscovery of love and partnership."
— Roan Parrish, author of Best Laid Plans
"This story packs so much emotion into a short space. David and Evan's relationship feels like the eye of a storm--there's nothing but safety and love, despite the danger and uncertainty outside."
— bestselling author Cat Sebastian
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 6 members
Interlude Press's "Come What May Short Story Project" continues for me with "And Always Coming BAck" by Jude Sierra. In this story, married couple David and Evan are in Covid lock down together. At first, they find they are spending lots of time together, reconnecting. After enough time passes though, the two men seem to be retreating in their own ways. Ultimately, David experiences a profound loneliness that challenges his ability to keep his depression at bay.
I haven't wanted to read many pandemic stories for obvious reasons but this one was quite moving. I think many people who are living with someone will related to the feeling of relief at having that person there... but also loneliness. This story really manages to address how you can be lonely in someone's company. Sierra also manages to capture the experience of living with depression. I know this is a short work, but the author has a handle on the way that depression can descend upon someone when it's not all expected.. and also, how it can be next to impossible to explain what is needed to help.
The closeness these partners shared is expressed in such a lovely way by Sierra's writing. The small things that make up the weave of a relationship appear in this story in such subtle ways that I began to think I knew the characters intimately. The connection between them was lovely and illustrates the way in which all relationship can stumble and it's how you try to reconnect that makes or breaks you.
A lovely story following David and Evan, a married couple who are trying to make their way through quarantine while also trying to keep their marriage together. Then when you are locked up with your partner, endless time on your hands and without your support network outside your apartment door, things don't always go smoothly for ever.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are fun and their situation and emotions are very relatable, not only for couples. It's a quick and easy read for times where you are in need of a sweet story with a little bit more emotional depth to make it through quarantine.
Readers who liked this book also liked:
Rii Abrego; Joe Whitt
Script & art by Quentin Zuttion
Paul Cornell, Valeria Burzo