Who better to write about the Covid pandemic than a
retired physician, a prime target for the deadly virus?
Dr. David Margolis wrote these tales during the
worst time of the pandemic, cooped up in a house with only his
imagination as a guest. He has produced a remarkable collection
of stories, combining sadness and loss with medical knowledge and
The protagonist of the fi rst story is a superstitious old woman
who believes that Covid was sent by the devil and who can
prove that it wasn’t? We read about a muddled septuagenarian
whose imaginary friend from childhood replaces his dead wife.
There’s an autobiographical sketch written by the virus itself, a
play by play description concerning the invasion of Dave’s nose.
There’s a sad dog with large hairy ears who waits for his master
to return after he’s taken away on a stretcher. We encounter a
klatch of washed-up Gods sipping coffee in the heavens, who
kvetch about irreverent humans and are delighted thatCovid
has come. There’s a misogynist sinner whose ashes are taken
to a rundown cemetery and dumped in a cluster of weeds. The
final story, Meltdown, is a dystopian tale about a super virulent
Covid virus that kills most of the Earth’s population, leaving
only a few desperate humans to argue amongst themselves.
These stories will make you laugh, make you cry, and might
make you cough if you haven’t had your booster shots.