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Everyone Is Still Alive

Cathy Rentzenbrink

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The wise, witty and moving debut novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink - exploring the deeper reality of marriage, parenthood and the way life thwarts our expectations

'Incredibly tender' Marian Keyes
'A total triumph' Nina Stibbe
'Beautiful, moving and so funny and well-observed' Philippa Perry

It is summer on Magnolia Road when Juliet moves into her late mother's house with her husband Liam and their young son, Charlie. Preoccupied by guilt, grief and the juggle of working motherhood, she can't imagine finding time to get to know the neighbouring families, let alone fitting in with them. But for Liam, a writer, the morning coffees and after-school gatherings soon reveal the secret struggles, fears and rivalries playing out behind closed doors - all of which are going straight into his new novel . . .

Juliet tries to bury her unease and leave Liam to forge these new friendships. But when the rupture of a marriage sends ripples through the group, painful home truths are brought to light. And then, one sun-drenched afternoon at a party, a single moment changes everything.

The fiction debut from Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink, Everyone Is Still Alive is funny and moving, intimate and wise; a novel that explores the deeper realities of marriage and parenthood and the way life thwarts our expectations at every turn.

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Praise for Everyone Is Still Alive

  • Incredibly tender and astonishingly insightful. I cared so deeply for the characters and read in genuine awe. An utter gem - Marian Keyes

  • A total triumph: compelling, compassionate, insightful, funny and moving - Nina Stibbe

  • Touching, tender and profound in its warmth and stillness - a novel that explores family, friendship, grief and love in true, tactile detail. Beautiful and very real - Daisy Buchanan

  • A novel of radical empathy and kindness, written with poignancy, wit and immaculate observation. There is something wholeheartedly decent and human about Rentzenbrink's writing, which has a lingering, gentle power. I can't stop thinking about it - Elizabeth Day

  • Sharply observed and utterly compelling, Everyone Is Still Alive had me cackling on one page and crying the next; Cathy Rentzenbrink's warmth and wisdom are evident in every line - Paula Hawkins

  • I love this book. Funny, wise and clever and full of honesty and kindness. It's a page-turner that makes you look at yourself and your relationships anew. A unique and generous novel about love, loss and friendship - Kit de Waal

  • Unputdownable - brilliant, beautiful, moving and so funny and well-observed. If you want to know what Happily Ever After looks like, read this - Philippa Perry

  • A soothing, tender story with loveable characters who pull you in from the very first pages. In a world of chaos, reading this novel was a reminder to slow down, zoom in and look around - Emma Gannon

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Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink grew up in Yorkshire, spent many years in London, and now lives in Cornwall. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize, and the acclaimed memoirs A Manual for Heartache and Dear Reader. Everyone Is Still Alive is her first novel.

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