Peter Cherches - Masks: Stories From A Pandemic BOOK
In the spring of 2020, shortly after he had started wearing a face mask outside his home, Peter Cherches began writing about masks, literally the face of COVID-19. These 16 stories, written between April and December of that year, capture the surreal experience of living through a global pandemic and all its attendant challenges—personal, political, and social. This small volume is both a mask-muffled cry and a full-throated belly laugh. Reactions are to be expected, and are no cause for concern.
Cherches’ little masterwork of flash fiction—wry, uncanny, perceptive—takes us through dream, fabulation, memory, and unexpected encounter into our fumbling shared discovery of life during pandemic. The insecure protagonist of these tidbit fables flits from encounter-to-encounter like a post-modern Candide, introducing us invitingly to a delicious new character type, the gentle, genial, ironic naif—an everyman who brings us warmly into our own fool’s journeys and into contact with the droll lessons we pick-up along the way. Sweet, witty, and ever alert, Cherches’ Masks is a perfect pocket companion for these dicey times.