A luminous, heartbreaking and life-affirming novel about choosing to die, by National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez
**THE BRAND-NEW NOVEL BY THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER**
A woman visits a friend with terminal cancer. Brilliant, strong-willed and alone, the friend, facing death, makes a momentous request. Will she accompany her on a holiday where she will, without warning one day, take a lethal pill to end her life on her own terms?
Shaken and grieving, she finds the strength to agree. What follows is an extraordinary story - profound, surprising and often funny - of a lifelong friendship given the ultimate challenge; to witness its end.
Utterly of our moment and timeless, What Are You Going Through is a deeply moving affirmation of life in its current existential threat and in its ordinary tragedies - the loss, loneliness, and the love that yet survives.
Some praise for The Friend:
A true delight: I genuinely fear I won't read a better novel this year - Financial Times
A beautiful book . . . crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love - Wall Street Journal
Very very clever. Mature. Entertaining. Eminently readable and re-readable. In short, absolutely delightful - Irish Times
Delicious ... An intensely pleasurable read because it is so accessible, capacious and clever - Sunday Times - assorted
Sigrid Nunez is the New York Times bestselling author of The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award, and of several other novels, including Salvation City and The Last of Her Kind. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.