Cheri (Hardback)
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Cheri (Hardback)

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Hardback 96 Pages
Published: 17/08/2023
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Waterstones Says

Tracing the final weeks of a woman with terminal cancer through the prism of everything she has lived for, Cheri is a masterful communion with the beauty of things we are about to lose forever.

Cheri has been living with cancer for many years. Now, she is dying. As she navigates the final weeks of her life, and takes charge of the manner of her death, she is flooded with childhood memories, and returns to the present with a renewed appreciation for the brilliance of life around her: the autumn has never been so beautiful, her daughters never as radiant. Brave, incredibly strong and deeply loved, Cheri makes one last nerve-wracking journey across the country with her girls and her friends, knowing relief waits welcoming as a frozen lake on the other side.

A masterpiece of fiction and memory, Cheri is a heart-breaking but glorious celebration of all the moments of beauty and pain that make an individual life, right up until its very last moments.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781800817852
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 140 g
Dimensions: 184 x 120 x 18 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Cheri is richly packed. The details are laid before the reader with a simplicity that feels like grace. Beard's vocabulary is luminous ... Beard combines the lapidary chill of Joan Didion with the sense of a proper, lived humanity that you get from a writer like Grace Paley or Sigrid Nunez. She is good company. She connects. You should read her and not look away - Anne Enright, Guardian

Beard's writing is majestic and ultimately offers some hope, because the book is essentially less about death and more about what it is to be alive ... In the hands of a maestro, less can be so much more - Independent

Beard's wry voice and her clear-eyed compassion make her the best sort of company - Jonathan Franzen, Guardian

Cheri is a masterpiece - John Self, The Times

As controlled and convincing as art - Times Literary Supplement

Profoundly sad, poignant, and filled with the flabbergasting abundance of life ... an extraordinary achievement - Mary Gaitskill

Extraordinary and powerful - Mia Levitin, Irish Times

A gem of a book ... Beard communicates, quietly and almost plainly, a breathless desperation for life and all its terrible beauty - Lizzy Stewart, Guardian

I was shocked by my emotional response to it. It's beautiful & sad & dignified - Amy Key, author of Arrangements in Blue

Beard honours the beautiful, the sacred, and the comic in life, and for life's inescapable cruelites and woes she offers the wisdom of a sage - Sigrid Nuñez

Jo Ann Beard is a formidable talent. Her writing is darkly moving, full of audacious narrative surprises, and, at times, unexpectedly - almost unbearably - suspenseful - Geoff Dyer

A rare talent, and a magnificent writer ... She is extraordinary - Francesca Segal, author of Mother Ship

Taut and troubling ... rendered with exquisite restraint and precision ... as powerful as the close of The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Literary Review

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“Cinematic writing that left me a little cold”

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Cheri is a beautiful, sharp story told from the point of view of a woman who, living with terminal cancer, decides to end it on her own terms. I was attracted by the subject matter, and interested to... More

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“‘The body dissolves into compost, but we live on in our parakeets.’”

Short and sweet, Cheri packs a punch like nothing I’ve really read before. The prose drags you through jagged memories of the titular character in the last months of her life, cutting you up and leaving you aching in... More

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