“Voting is a simple act, and an act of faith. It is a pledge of allegiance to the future of the country.”
Lawrence Wright, ‘The Plague Year’ for The New Yorker
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright whose best-selling novel The End of the October all but predicted our current pandemic, brings his momentous account of COVID-19: its origins, its repercussions, and the fight to contain it.
Wright takes us inside the CDC, where the first round of faulty test kits cost America precious time; inside the halls of the White House, where Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger’s early alarm about the virus was met with great skepticism; into a Covid ward in a Charlottesville hospital, with an idealistic young woman doctor from Little Africa, South Carolina; into the precincts of prediction specialists at Goldman Sachs; and even inside the human body, diving deep into the science of just how the virus and vaccines function, with an eye-opening detour into the history of vaccination and of the modern anti-vaxxer movement.
Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a playwright, a screenwriter, and the author of ten books of nonfiction, including The Looming Tower, Going Clear, and God Save Texas. His books have received many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
The New Yorker Radio Hour, January 8, 2021
ABC News, January 27, 2021
KUOW, March 19, 2021
“Set in the spring of 2020, [The End of October] tells the story of a fictional virus. . . . Reading the book now, amid a pandemic that has exposed the terrifying fragility of our social structures and political institutions, is a deeply unnerving experience.”
Copies of Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid with signed bookplates are available from White Whale Bookstore