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Little Bandaged Days

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  60 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.
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Picador
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sue
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
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 ...more
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
Shelves: pop-sugar-2020
(#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
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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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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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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 ...more
Daren Kearl
The author's depiction of a wife and mother gradually descending into madness was cleverly reflected in the writing. You know that the narrator ends up in an asylum or sanitarium at an early stage, as the story is intercut with personal appeals and interjections from the woman as she is held in a room.
The text becomes more manic and unhinged as the story unfolds. As the narrator is the mother and most of the time she has only the two children with her, the reader is left with uncertainty over
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Donna
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was a quite disturbing but fantastic book! Really felt for Erika and was awful to read and see her descent into madness but also a fascinating insight into mental illness. I really enjoyed it.
Morgan Schulman
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reader-s-copy
I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review

Creepy crawly less of of a thriller than a narrative of post party depression but still enjoyable in its way
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
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.
Kath
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This was a poignant and often uncomfortable read that held my attention quite well throughout but left me less than satisfied at the end. It's kind of written like a journal, hence the use of initial instead of names for husband and children, and describes how a young mother descends into madness following relocation to a different country and the isolation that ensues.
I did struggle to believe the mother could be so abandoned and left to her own devices without any support either
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Judith
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing style of Little Bandaged Days intrigued me and reminded me of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar; Wilder draws attention to a depressed, female protagonist and writes with short, blunt sentences all the time which emphasise the simplicity and mundanity of her life. It quickly becomes apparent Erika cares little for anything and is deeply unhappy.

The book is character-focused rather than plot-focused. This is an important point to bear in mind before reading. If you aren’t interested in
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Miss R
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan Picador for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Little Bandaged Days is an astonishingly accomplished and compelling account of one woman's decent into madness. Our narrator is Erika, lonely mother of young children, and this is her story. In her perfectly calibrated prose, Kyra Wilder provides one of the most vivid and insightful accounts of mental illness, and its all-consuming nature, I have ever read. Erika's first person narration/internal
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Julie Smith
The blurb:

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. Her husband’s job means he is almost never present, and her entire world is caring for her children – making sure
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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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Michaela in Bookish Wonderland
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was definitely different to what I was expecting.

Firstly, the way it was written took alot of getting used to. The dialogue is sparse. There are a few moments of chatter but even then it was written differently to how I am used to. I can see it working for other readers, but personally it didn't work for me. I would have liked the conversations to be in more depth.
Secondly, the majority of the characters are named by a single letter (M, B etc). It
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Jade
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @netgalley, Kyra Wilder and the publisher for giving me copy of this in exchange for an honest review. For me this book was very cleverly written and I'm surprised that it is a debut novel from a new author. A fantastic insight into the mind of a woman wrought with depression, anxiety and social isolation with the added pressure of 2 young children. The writing style is chaotic yet beautiful and truly allows you to get inside the protagonists train of thought. We see how scattered ...more
Sarah Sims
If I have a pet peeve in reading, it's vague endings that leave too much open to interpretation, and unfortunately this was a book that never reaches a solid conclusion. I do believe the theme is an important one to cover. Mental health issues amongst mothers is something I hold particularly close to my heart; it's what drew me to this title in the first place. Parenting small children can be an isolating experience for some, despite having an excellent support network. The mother in this story ...more
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
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Sara Troup
This is a quick quirky little read about a mother’s unraveling sanity after finding herself isolated living overseas in Geneva with her young children and “workaholic” husband. I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t love it either. I found Erika somewhat relatable since we recently completed an overseas move. I understand how in the beginning everything seems shiny and perfect, but then the honeymoon period wears off, the vacation-feel of the move is shaken off, and the monotony of everyday life ...more
No Books
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I made my face ready to smile just in case she looked back at me but she didn’t, so I let my mouth sag because sometimes it just is what it is”
I really enjoyed Little Bandaged Days. Erika’s slow decline into madness is so beautifully narrated, everything hidden inside Wilder’s intense prose. What I found most interesting were the markers of Erika’s madness beginning to set in, the fort being left up when M returned home, the lipstick in the walls, the constant cleaning until her hands bled and
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Rachael Stray
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I've just turned the last page on this book and I'm a little unsure how I feel about it. I liked it yet I didn't. The writing style was easy to read, yet I was uncomfortable reading 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 has started a new and important and well-paying job abroad. Away from their family and friends, Erika’s world is limited to the small apartment where
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janine
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Now this is a strange one!

There was alot I liked about this book but also alot I didn't. Maybe because some of it hits close to home, I'm really not sure.

An extremely and cleverly written account of a mothers descent into lunacy. Is it madness, depression... I'm not sure!

The author writes the characters in such a way that you cant help but get sucked in to the story, even though alot of the time your not actually sure who those characters really are, apart from an initial. Its honestly a really
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Suzanne
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Little Bandaged Days was a depressing and annoying read for me. It appealed originally as I love books set in different countries, I knew the subject matter involved depression, and a descent into madness by a mother uprooted by her husbands job to another country, spending days and nights alone with her young daughter and infant son. I suffered from PND and wondered if it would be identifiable for me.

The book annoyed me on many levels. The protagonist calls her children B and E, and her
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Vicky-Leigh Sayer
Little Bandaged Days is a beautifully written novel, but it might take some readers a little out their usual relaxation zone.

Written from our main protagonist's perspective, Little Bandaged Days takes us on a journey with her from arrival in Geneva, Switzerland through to her descent into madness.

The family's move from the US to Switzerland is a move facilitated by her husband's high flying career. He is the main breadwinner of the family, now that they have two children to care for.

After their
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Philippa Mckenna
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I don't think I've ever experienced such a strong, and growing sense of dread for a character in a book, as I did with this. Narrated by Erika, wife of M and mother of two children, toddler E and baby B (we never learn their full names), Little Bandaged Days is about a family who move to Geneva because of M's job. Erika is left on her own for much of the time, in a small rented apartment with her two tiny children. No adult company. Unable to speak the language. Hardly ever knowing where her ...more
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