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What Are You Going Through: 'Love, death, friendship, compassion & SO MUCH wisdom. I just adore Sigrid Nunez' PAULA HAWKINS

Sigrid Nunez

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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

**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.

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Praise for What Are You Going Through: 'Love, death, friendship, compassion & SO MUCH wisdom. I just adore Sigrid Nunez' PAULA HAWKINS

  • 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

  • Dryly funny and deeply tender - Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

  • 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)

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Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez is the New York Times bestselling author of The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award, as
well as several other novels including A Feather on the Breath of God and The Last of Her Kind. She is also the author
of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her work has either been or is being translated into more than twenty languages.

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