Everyone Is Still Alive (Hardback)Cathy Rentzenbrink (author)
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A tender and intimate story about the realities of marriage, motherhood and guilt, Everyone Is Still Alive is the engrossingly crafted debut novel from the author of A Manual for Heartache.
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.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 210 x 136 x 26 mm
'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
'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
'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
'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
'An anti-romantic comedy of Lego and disenchantment, shot through with clear-eyed compassion . . . I devoured it.' - Patrick Gale
'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, author of My Name Is Leon
'Such a beautiful, delicate book.' - Jenny Colgan
'Everyone Is Still Alive is a novel filled with quiet compassion about quotidian lives. Cathy writes with incredible insight about marriage, friendship and parenthood, in a book replete with hope. I absolutely loved it.' - Hannah Beckerman
'Very funny but also sharp and poignant . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it.' - Adele Geras
'A beautifully written and exquisitely rendered novel about family and the anxiety of the modern world. Like life, it's both heartbreakingly sad and terribly funny. I devoured it.' - Wyl Menmuir, author of The Many
'Readers will know Rentzenbrink from her moving memoirs The Last Act of Love and A Manual For Heartache. This is her first novel and it sounds equally poignant, warm and wise.' - Good Housekeeping, Books We're Most Looking Forward To in 2021
'Kind and real, funny and touching. I raced through it.' - Bookbrunch
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“Gentle & Heart Warming”
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