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What Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through

An unexpectedly life-affirming novel about choosing to die, by National Book Award winner and bestselling author of THE FRIEND

‘Love, death, friendship, compassion & SO MUCH wisdom. I just adore Sigrid Nunez’ PAULA HAWKINS

A woman visits a friend who is dying of cancer. Brilliant and stubborn, her friend makes a momentous request. She wishes to end her life on her own terms – and she wants the narrator’s help. Stricken, she agrees. ‘I promise,’ says the friend, ‘to make it as much fun as possible.’

What follows is an extraordinary tale of a friendship put to the greatest test: to witness, unflinching, its end. It is also a portrait of the way we live now, in a world endlessly troubled by crises, and the dramatically changing nature of human relationships in our time.

‘I was totally overwhelmed by this extraordinary novel. Even if it weren’t about a subject dear to my heart I would be equally thrilled by its grace and profundity. Sentence by sentence it’s a total joy – and sometimes, much to my surprise, laugh-out-loud funny’ DEBORAH MOGGACH

‘If the meaning of life is that it ends, Nunez gets to the nub of meaning in her brilliant novel. I loved it as much as The FriendSUSIE STEINER

‘When I open one of [Sigrid Nunez’s] novels, I almost always know immediately: This is where I want to be What Are You Going Through is as good as The Friend, if not better’ NEW YORK TIMES
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 1st October 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9780349013640

Reviews

Dryly funny and deeply tender
Kirkus Reviews (Starred)
Love, death, friendship, compassion & SO MUCH wisdom. I just adore Sigrid Nunez
Paula Hawkins
I was totally overwhelmed by this extraordinary novel. Even if it weren't about a subject dear to my heart I would be equally thrilled by its grace and profundity. Sentence by sentence it's a total joy - and sometimes, much to my surprise, laugh-out-loud funny
Deborah Moggach
If the meaning of life is that it ends, Nunez gets to the nub of meaning in her brilliant novel. I loved it as much as The Friend
Susie Steiner
Spectacular
Publishers Weekly
Sigrid Nunez orchestrates a beautiful chorus of humanness here, and the novel asks a question we might all be thinking in these distant times: What does it mean to really be there for someone in times of hardship?
Lithub
With both compassion and joy, Nunez contemplates how we survive life's certain suffering, and don't, with words and one another
Booklist (starred review)
Much as in Rachel Cusk's recent work, the narrator is a conduit and sounding board for the stories of others... Deeply empathetic without being sentimental, this novel explores women's lives, their choices, and how they support one another....Highly recommended for readers who favour emotional resonance over escapism during difficult times
Library Journal (starred review)
When I open one of [Sigrid Nunez's] novels, I almost always know immediately: This is where I want to be ... "What Are You Going Through" is as good as "The Friend," if not better
Dwight Garner, New York Times
A smart look at the bonds and demands of friendship
i Best New Books for Autumn
Both wise and unsettling ... This book's quiet discovery is that, no matter how extreme the circumstances, "life must be dealt with"
Wall Street Journal
Beauty, friendship, nature, art: These are the salves to loneliness and despair, and Nunez offers them all in this searching look into life and death
Janice Y.k. Lee, New York Times Book Review
I was dazed by the novel's grace
New Yorker
A touching, poignant illustration of what it means to have empathy for the lives around you
USA Today
Impossible to put down
People Magazine
A funny and moving story of two women - one of whom has terminal cancer
Stylist Best Autumn Books 2020
Fans of Rachel Cusk will love this thoughtful, wise novel, narrated by a woman who is visiting a friend with terminal cancer. As she sits by her friend's side, she tells her stories of the people she's encountered, including a run-in with an ex. This complex tale demands the reader's attention, but is all the more satisfying for it
Good Housekeeping