Chronicling the days – Gina Roitman

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

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This piece is by Gina Roitman, writing on Friday, April 3, 2020.


Today was our first day out after a two-week quarantine following a complicated and harrowing return from Europe. That’s another story. We live in the Lower Laurentians so are accustomed to isolation and working from home. That has not been a hardship. But we came back to Canada after five weeks in Spain and France, to a larder I allowed to go bare before leaving.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

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