The Down Days

The Down Days

THE BOOK OF M MEETS DISTRICT 19 IN A FAST PACED, CHARACTER-DRIVEN LITERARY APOCALYPTIC NOVEL THAT EXPLORES LIFE, LOVE, AND LOSS IN A POST-TRUTH SOCIETY.

In the aftermath of a deadly outbreak - reminiscent of the 1962 event of mass hysteria that was the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic - a city at the tip of Africa is losing its mind, with residents experiencing hallucinations and paranoia. Is it simply another episode of mass hysteria, or something more sinister? Ina quarantined city in which the inexplicable has already occurred, rumors, superstitions, and conspiracy theories abound.

During these strange days, Faith works as a full time corpse collector and a freelance "truthologist", putting together disparate pieces of information to solve problems. But after Faith agrees to help an orphaned girl find her abducted baby brother, she begins to wonder whether the boy is even real. Meanwhile, a young man named Sans who trades in illicit goods is so distracted by a glimpse of his dream woman that he lets a bag of money he owes his gang partners go missing - leaving him desperately searching for both and soon questioning his own sanity.

Over the course of a single week, the paths of faith, Sans, and a cast of other hustlers - including a data dealer, a drug addict, a sin eater, and a hyena man - will cross and intertwine as they move about the city, looking for lost souls, uncertain absolution, and answers that may not exist.


RUNNING TIME ⇒ 10hrs. and 30mins.

©2020 Ilze Hugo (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Title:The Down Days
Edition Language:English
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    The Down Days Reviews

  • karen

    GOODREADS GIVEAWAY WIN YEAH YEAH YEAH!!ABOUT A PANDEMIC/QUARANTINE NO NO NO!!!review to come! ...

  • Faith

    “As a pony man – the best, mind you, in this Sick City – he made a living dealing in real, 100 percent human hair, which a network of street kids and a convent of swindling sisters procured for ...

  • Dave

    "The Down Days" is part of a book of new wave of African literature that has sailed across the Atlantic in recent years. There's a lot of real interesting stuff coming from all over these days. What's...

  • Tzipora

    Ponytail thieves! Ghosts! A pet hyena! A sin eater! A missing diary that may have predicted the future as well as containing a cure to an ongoing pandemic! Secret library! Do I have your attention yet...

  • Ana

    I’d only meant to read a few pages, see how I liked it and soon enough I found myself hooked. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the twist that happens halfway through (it moved the story in a differ...

  • Heather  Lou Reads

    *I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review this book!*The quirkiness of this book was super entertaining. I loved the mystery of the novel until the end. It kept me on the ...

  • Jordan Stivers

    A really fascinating read, particularly for these times. I won't lie, I read this one slower than I usually would because it was so immersive that my anxiety kick up. It was just too real! It may have...

  • caroline

    I wanted to love this book so much, and not just because of the Book of M comparisons, but it ultimately fell flat. The pacing was so erratic- the first 75% of the novel felt like background expositio...

  • Paula Lyle

    Timing is everything! I would have liked this book no matter when I read it, but right now locked inside my house added a layer of verisimilitude that would have been lacking at another time. How do w...

  • Matthew

    3.5 stars.It feels like eons have passed since that first week. Yet I remember it just like yesterday. The naysayers dismissing it for another strain of flu (I too was guilty, at first). The endless c...