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Little Bandaged Days

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  138 reviews
What is a mother anyway when her children are asleep? What could she possibly be? If a tree falls in a forest. It’s like that, isn’t it?

A mother moves to Geneva with her husband and their two young children. In their beautiful new rented apartment, surrounded by their rented furniture, and several Swiss instructions to maintain quiet, she finds herself totally isolated. He
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Picador
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    Sue
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
    I struggled.
    I hate to give this 3* because it could have been so much better for me in certain ways.

    I get the complexity of this, the Mother is on a downward spiral of mental well-being since the birth of her children. That I 150% get. No doubt or room for error and it’s well written and explained.

    What irritated me the most was her reference to them. Just referring to them by their initials.
    I was so hung up in that it became all consuming whilst I was reading it, just waiting for those initials
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    Lou
    Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Little Bandaged Days is a story of motherhood, the search for identity and the slow descent into madness through isolation. After moving to Geneva, Switzerland, for her husband's job protagonist Erika finds she is so very alone; once she has put the children to sleep appears to be the hours that impact her most. Despite all of these issues bubbling beneath the surface she still manages to maintain the facade of the perfect family unit she wishes so desperately she was part of. The account of her ...more
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    I loved how this story was about motherhood and mental health. It was a slow burn of a novel that is written so poignant, powerfully and in such a revealing way. No one seems to have a name in this story and I thought that would make me feel disconnected BUT in reality it showed me just how indifferent the mother is to the rest of her family.

    It was very thought provoking and impassioned. The writing is beautiful and the story is told with such empathy it made me feel so bad for the woman. I did
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    Ivana BM
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Sometimes motherhood can be the most solitary thing ever. Yeah, you have the company of the kiddos, but you sleep in fragmets and days easily blend into one. If you dont have someone adult to talk to, life can easily become a set of to do lists and a blur of inner monologues. And this is what this book talks about. ⠀

    In a form of a monologue, we follow the days in life of a woman in the foreign country raising two little kids while her husband works days and nights. How easily the lack of sleep
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    Sherri Thacker
    Shortly after I started this book, I realized it was not for me. I did not connect with any of the characters at all. Throughout the whole book, she referred to her children with only initials and I have to say, this drove me nuts. Just could not understand what was going on so I threw in the towel early. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
    Cheryl
    Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Little Bandaged Days is the story of a young mother who has moved to Geneva for her husband's high-flying job. While he is working increasingly long hours at the office, or schmoozing clients over steak and champagne, his wife is taking care of their two small children. At great pains to seem like the perfect mother, our narrator - who remains nameless for much of the novel - is the model housewife to begin with: suits are pressed, the children are clean and well-dressed, and dinner is on the ta ...more
    Liina Bachmann
    Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Kyra Wilder’s Little Bandaged Days was a book I hadn’t heard about before and bought based on the blurb alone. It about a woman named Erika who moves to Geneva with her two children and husband because the latter has been offered a new high profile job there. Erika stays home with the kids, being in a new country, where she can’t speak the language and doesn’t have any friends. The novel is basically her slow descend to madness.

    I really can’t praise this book enough. It is certainly not everyon
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    Harmony Kent
    Many thanks to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan for a free ARC of this book.

    While the story started out well enough, it soon proved to be a slow and tedious read. None of the dialogue is within quote marks, which can make for difficult reading at times. Also, we're in the head of the main character all the time who is slowly spiralling into madness. At no point could I say this was a fun or entertaining read, and with the unsatisfactory ending, I now wonder why I ever spent about five hours reading t
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    Fay Flude
    Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Let me start by saying that in many ways this book deserves 5 stars because it is an extremely well written and deeply disturbing account of one mother's inexorable slide into madness. It is like nothing I have ever read before.
    The reason I only awarded the book 4 stars is for two reasons. Firstly, I think that this is a book that will not attract universal appeal and secondly because I was so distraught reading Little Bandaged Days that it was hardly an enjoyable experience. We don't always rea
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    Liz Barnsley
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    Little Bandaged Days was a quirky read, a lot of which worked really well for me but a lot of which just did not.

    It is basically one mother's descent into depression and madness although I'm not sure madness is the right word- it has a lyrical cadence to the prose which is very compelling, I was struck by the way the author uses language and nuance to get across that seemingly straightforward events were actually more sinister. In that, it was truly excellent and it has put Kyra Wilder firmly on
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    Abbie | ab_reads
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    (#gifted @picadorbooks) When I finished Little Bandaged Days I had to sit and think for a while on what I made of it. But the more I thought, the more I realised, yep, this was a very good, very sad, very dark little book, and I’ll be eagerly waiting to see what Kyra Wilder comes out with next if this is her debut!
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    Essentially, we follow one mother’s mental decline as motherhood takes its toll on her following a move to Switzerland for her husband’s new job, which sees him jetting off to importa
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    Giulia
    Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book made me feel terribly claustrophobic and unsettled. I could feel the oppressive heat that the narrator felt with her very young children stuck in a hot apartment in the middle of July and August in a foreign country with a distant workaholic husband. The stinking garbage, the rotting lemons, the dog poop-you could smell it while reading this book. Post-Partum depression is real and I hated this woman's husband which she referred to as "M" in this book. I did not feel comfortable readin ...more
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    Clare
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
    ‘Little Bandaged Days’ by Kyra Wilder is a story of a mother descending into madness in an isolated world of motherhood. Erika moves to Geneva with her husband who is starting an important and well-paying job abroad. Away from their family and friends, Erika’s world is limited to the small apartment where she spends all of her time caring for their two children, E and B. Erika works all day to create a perfect life for her and her family in a country where she doesn’t know anyone and doesn’t spe ...more
    Just_me
    Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
    I'm unsure how I feel about this book. I liked it yet I didn't. The writing style was easy to read, yet I was uncomfortable reading it.

    Erika wasn't a character that I particularly liked and by keeping her children's identities secret by just using their initials made it hard for me to picture them.

    Little Bandaged Days was not a book for me but I can see many characteristics that will make it popular.

    With thanks for netgalley and the publisher for an ARC to read and review.
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    Irene Campbell
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Very cleverly written account of a mothers descent into madness. Compulsive reading which immerses the reader into the world of the characters. An uncomfortable subject, but relate-able. Not for everyone but I would recommend. My thanks to Net Galley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Marie (UK)
    I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. At this moment in time having just finished it my mind is just going WOW and wondering how to review the book. I have had some serious blah books lately but this has just washed away all the boredom associated with them.

    We never get to know the names of the main character, her husband and children are referred to merely in initials; in fact very few of the characters in the book are named. This give
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    Amber
    Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Heather
    Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Thank you to ABRAMS and Netgalley for the ARC.

    A family moves to Geneva, Switzerland, for the husband’s job. He spends all his time at work while she is charged with taking care of their two young children.

    The author assigning initials to her husband and children was a real turnoff and annoyed me right until the end of the book. Names conjure up different kinds of characters and help the reader see their good points and their flaws. I don’t know why the author used initials, but I know I’m not t
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    AC
    Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Little Bandaged Days follows Erika, mother of two, moving to Geneva, Switzerland with her husband.

    The books takes a rather strange construct, with Erika identifying and interacting with other people by using their initials - including her children. I suppose this is some kind of experiment about Erika pushing people away, but it got fairly annoying the deeper into the book I made it. These sorts of literary experiments can be done well and give a good payoff at the end, but this book fell short
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    Jen Burrows
    Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Maybe it's a side-effect of reading this book in lockdown, but I found Little Bandaged Days intensely claustrophobic. The depiction of isolation, of slowly recessing deeper into the shadows of your own mind, felt so real, I found it almost hard to read, as if I might be swept along with it.

    Wilder has a wonderful way with words: it's the kind of prose you could spend hours unpicking. The plot is pretty predictable - you know from the start how it's going to end - but in many ways this inevitabili
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    Michelle
    Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Little Bandaged Days is a compelling tale of a woman’s slide into madness. So different to anything I have read before -we never get to know the names of the main character, her husband and children are referred to merely in initials, adding to the suspense. Its a WOW book
    Sophie Bristow Harris
    Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This book had me torn in two directions - hating it and liking it. The author irritated me with her lack of character names - just an initial. It’s hard work when you have to make up a name and then stick to it through the whole book so you don’t confuse yourself as you’re reading.... The other irritant was how she repeatedly repeated phrases to get the word count up. A page and a half of the same three words is very excessive.
    On a good note, it was beautifully written, the detail was exquisite.
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    Jay T
    Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Little Bandaged Days was stunning debut of a novel that had me feeling as if I was slowly losing my mind with the main character. The writing technique that Kyra Wilder used was beyond debut novel status and I felt every bit of dread and apprehension she did.

    The book is based on a family, young mother with two children and a husband moving to another country for the husbands job. She is left to her own devices and tries to put up a good front for her husband who seems to never be home. This is
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    Chris Roberts
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
    She disintegrates herself,
    "Help" she calls - muted,
    insane, electric rain,
    follows the rack and ruin,
    desolation her state of grace.

    #poem

    Chris Roberts, Patron Saint of Burning Stars
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    Stella
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Once, E. reached for her cup too soon while I was still squeezing and measuring and pouring lemon and sugar and water, and the sticky sweet juice spilled on the counter, on the floor. “That’s ok,” I said. “That’s ok. Look, we can clean it up.” And I was smiling. “All we have to do is get the towel wet and kneel down on the floor and find every little drop. We can do that,” I said. “We can be so clean and tidy and good.” There was so much smiling to do. So much teaching and smiling and not mindi
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    Bridget
    There is a lot to love in Kyra Wilder's début novel, Little Bandaged Days.

    A mother, Erika, moves to Geneva with her husband and their two young children, but in their beautiful new rented apartment she finds herself totally isolated. He husband is away often away working and her entire time spent is caring for her children. What follows is Erika's gradual descent into madness.

    For the most part, I adored this book. It was a beautiful piece of prose and I was amazed that it's Kyra Wilder's
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    Katy Wilson
    This is an unusual book and a very intense one. The story is of a young mother of two who moves with her successful husband to Geneva. While he pursues his career and goodness knows what else, she quietly goes mad in their flat. She doesn't speak French and her social interactions are minimal. People who she meets are more alive in her imagination than in reality. She makes little effort to change this and we can assume that she was already fragile before she arrived in this new world.

    So far so
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    Mona
    My thanks to Edelweiss for my e-ARC.

    Erika is a fish out of water, an isolated fish. The good news is her husband, M, got a coveted promotion. The bad news is Erika, along with her children E and baby B, have to pack up and leave their family, friends, and life for Geneva. Moving is hard enough, but to a place where both the language and the culture is foreign...But, she is proud of M and will support him(even when he's practically NEVER around). They will make it through this transition. Or will
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    Hazel
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Pan Macmillan - Picador, for the ARC.
    I'm afraid this really wasn't for me; from the description I thought it would be much more of a 'story', whereas the narrative conveys, in interminable detail, the almost 'depraved' decent into madness of a young mother.

    Erika, with husband 'M' and 2 young children 'B' and 'E' move to Switzerland for 'M's job. He's missing more and more from their rented apartment, you never find out what he actually does and he seems to be
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