SUICIDE CLUB by Rachel Heng is a provocative debut novel set in a near-future New York, where life expectancy averages three hundred years, and the pursuit of immortality has become all-consuming...but some people fighting for the right to live - and die - as they choose.
Imagine a world where the healthy choice is the only choice.
'Original and subversive.' Independent
'Thought-provoking' Irish Times
'Life-affirming' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said
Lea Kirino is a 'Lifer,' which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever - if she does everything right. She has lived her life by religiously following the state directives that ensure she remains fit and healthy. She knows she wants to live forever, and she is going to green juice, yoga-cise and meditate her way to immortality.
Yet, when a brush with death brings her face to face with a mysterious group who believe in everything the state has banned, memories of now-forbidden childhood pleasures resurge alongside ghosts of her past. As Lea's long-held beliefs begin to crack, she is forced to consider: What does it really mean to live?
Provocative and chillingly topical, Suicide Club is an electrifying imagining of a possible future, and a powerful meditation on the lives we leave behind.
More praise for Suicide Club:
'Fascinating' Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy
'Clever, bold and makes you think about the value of life' Good Housekeeping
'The fascinating and compelling scenario on show here ultimately forces you to question nothing less than the meaning of life' Metro
'Chilling . . . Through crisscrossing stories about love and loss, suffused in some wonderful and heartbreaking prose, she takes the reader on a journey to truly understand the question: who wants to live forever?' Stylist
'Acerbically funny . . . shows the symmetry between upward striving and dark desire, how the fundamentally human pursuit of more . . . can manifest at once as self-indulgence and restriction' Atlantic
I happily lost a whole weekend to Suicide Club. This life-affirming book about death lingers long after the last page. 'Be careful what you wish for' has never been so chilling, or so gripping.
SUICIDE CLUB is an original and subversive exploration of health obsessions, consumptions, and what makes life worth living - Independent
We raced through this addictive take on the modern obsession with youth and perfection - Sun
An intriguing idea in which Heng takes a much-needed swipe at health fascism and our obsession with youth, beauty and superfoods - Mail on Sunday
Rachel Heng's highly readable debut novel is thought-provoking, moving, worryingly convincing - and ultimately hopeful - Irish Times
A provocative new author. A fascinating debut novel. Read it!
If the styling is satirical . . . Heng isn't playing for laughs . . . the fascinating and compelling scenario on show here ultimately forces you to question nothing less than the meaning of life - Metro
A provocative and engrossing novel, SUICIDE CLUB has plenty to say about our obsession with health fads - Stylist
Rachel Heng is a Singaporean writer who graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature Society. After working in the finance sector in London for several years, Rachel moved to Austin, TX, to pursue an MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers, where she is currently a James A. Michener Fellow and assistant editor for the O Henry Prize anthology. Rachel's short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been featured by the Huffington Post.
Her fiction as been published widely in literary journals such as The Offing, Prairie Schooner, The Adroit Journal, the minnesota review and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Suicide Club, is out in July and will be translated into 7 languages.