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
'Life-affirming' Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
Lea Kirino is a 'Lifer,' who has 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?
'Fascinating' Jeff VanderMeer, author of the SOUTHERN REACH trilogy
'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
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 highly selective Michener Center for Writers, where she is currently a James A. Michener Fellow.
Rachel's short stories have been widely published in literary journals such as The Offing, Prairie Schooner, the minnesota review and elsewhere. Her fiction has won Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has been recommended by the Huffington Post.
Suicide Club is Rachel's first novel.