Death, Duty, and Faith: Stewart O’Nan’s “A Prayer for the Dying” in the Age of Coronavirus

“I’m doing the best I can,” he says, “but there are just too many of them. And even if it was just one or two, there’s not much I can do for them. Do you understand me?”

“I understand,” you say….

“I know you know, Jacob,” he says, and yawns hard, rubs his face with both hands so it…