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We All Fall Down - Stories of Plague and Resilience

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In this anthology, USA Today, international bestselling, and award-winning authors imagine a world where anyone—rich, poor, young, old—might be well in the morning and dead by sundown.

Readers will follow in the footsteps of those who fought to rebuild shattered lives as the plague left desolation in its wake.

* An Irish woman tends her dying father
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Published March 1st 2020 by Alhambra Press
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Paul Trembling
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Black Death - bubonic plague - hangs over our history like a distant shadow. Something that we vaguely know was terrible, but is safely back in the distant past. Few of us have any concept of just how terrible it was for the people who lived in those times.

This collection of short stories by different authors gives us an insight into that, and shows us the horror of families and whole communities wiped out, entire regions devastated. It also shows how difficult it was to fight back against t
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Kim Rendfeld
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I must admit to a morbid fascination with the Black Death and its impact on Western culture. As we deal with the chaos caused by COVID-19 in 2020, the stories in “We All Fall Down” feel much more relevant. (The timing of the book’s release is coincidental.)

The authors feature characters in diverse religions and diverse social classes. The Black Death was no respecter of wealth and power. When the reader looks at the stories collectively, they see everyone is vulnerable—from a king to a successf
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Sarah
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t always a fan of historical short stories. The format seemed too concise to support the world-building and character depth necessary for the genre. But the more I read, the more I grew to appreciate them. Short stories are powerfully concentrated in terms of character, plot, and historical detail. When done right, the length suits the material perfectly.

Several weeks ago, I watched a Zoom panel, “Stories of Plague in the time of Covid,” sponsored by the Historical Novel Society NYC Chapt
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Mary Yarde
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing


“In my youth, I imagined what Death was like. I tried to picture my own death. I remember hoping for a “good” death. As if there could be such a thing.”
"On All Our Houses" by David Blixt


It was a pestilence, an epidemic, a plague. History would remember it as den sorte død — The Black Death. But while those who survived tried to rebuild their lives, this was not the end. For the plague would come again and it would take more sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, and it would change the course of his
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Lesley Walters
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all Fall Down - Stories of plague and resistance

Being fascinated by both medieval history and beyond in general and the bubonic plague in particular, I was delighted to come across this anthology. Familiarity with the work of a couple of the contributing authors added to my anticipation.

These stories take us all over Europe, from the British Isles through Spain, Italy, Turkey... the plague respected no boundaries. But while tragedy inevitably permeates each story, they are as much about huma
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Helen Hollick
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Somewhat topical - how did the authors know? The subject - the pandemics of Plague - might not appeal to everyone given the surreal circumstances of life world-wide at the moment ... on the other hand many readers might find the topic highly fascinating. Plague (or in our present case Coronavirus Covid 19) is nothing new...

As with all anthologies, some of the included stories appeal, others not so much; it is all a matter of personal taste and preference. Some stories in a collection are memorab
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Jenny
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An anthology of stories by nine different authors imagining a world where anyone from the rich to the poor, and the young to the old might be well in the morning and dead by sundown, as the “Plague has no favourites”. “Nine tales bound together by humanity's fortitude in the face of despair: a powerful collection of stories for our own time”.
Although the stories in this book are about illness and death from the plague they are also as the title suggests about people’s resilience during these tim
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Beccy Thompson
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from TBC Reviewers request- Thank you
Wow what a time to be reading about the Black Death whilst deep in the Coronavirus situation of the modern times.
A very engaging collection of short stories that really helped to bring to life some of the potential situations of the time of the black death
A good mixture of authors and genres- thank you
Jackie
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a collection of short stories. We learn what it was like during the time of the Black Death. Impossible to imagine. Intriguing
Kamini Mehta
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Snapshots of lives upended by plague. Surreal reading in our current times. A mix of viewpoints, written by a collection of talented authors.
Lexi
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’d got this before I realised that Covid-19 was going to hit, so it’s a bit freaky to read right now. But the stories are excellent and the global setting adds an extra dimension. I’d only read Bu one author before (Jean Gill) which is why I got the collection, but all the stories are worthy of their space.
Linda Edmonds cerullo
Mar 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I purchased this when the coronavirus scare began. I have always loved "plague fiction" and thought the timing was perfect to read these short stories. I was disappointed. If you are looking for a good fictional account of the plague, one of the very best books is Geraldine Brooks' "Year of Wonders". There is nothing riveting in this selection and at least one of them is downright silly -- involving time travel. These authors were asked if they wanted to contribute to this collection so this is ...more
Erin
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
What will be written about us?!

More than resonating with the characters or absorbing their stories...I am inspired to wonder what will be written about us in the wake of coronavirus...will we be remembered as shouts to bring out your dead and children's nursery rhymes or will the heights and depths of humanity linger?

Some of these stories breathed life into their meager page counts...but, others seemed like disjointed scenes from books waiting to be written.

Not truly the anthology I wanted...
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Carol Foster
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Although I found this collection of short stories to be unsettling in this time of coronavirus pandemic, I was drawn into the 14th to 17th century worlds in which these tales were set, where the plague was cast as God's vengeance against a sinning people. Medieval medicine, with all its leeches, herbs and poultices, was as powerless to prevent or "cure" the Black Death as modern medicine is to "cure" Covid-19. However, the take-away is that these stories don't just dwell on the hideous, pervasiv ...more
Pam Chantrell
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Not the best of books to read in the era of Coronavirus. I'm still not too sure how to rate the book. It felt a little bit thrown together with some good stories and some that I didn't enjoy too much. My enjoyment was probably clouded with the recent news reports of our own modern day plague however. ...more
Sue Wallace
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
We all fall down by Jean Gill.
This is a collection of 9 stories about the black plague.
Including from author's as David Blixt Jean Gill and Kirstin Gleeson.
A very good read. Out of all at least 2 were my favourite. 4*.
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