The Easy Way Out (Paperback)Steven Amsterdam (author)
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EVAN IS A SUICIDE ASSISTANT. HIS JOB IS LEGAL - JUST.
'A poignant, sharply funny story that raises questions about life, death, and love' Louise O'Neill
'You might just want to find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel' Guardian
Shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal 2017.
Evan is the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it.
Evan's friends don't know what he does during the day. His mother, Viv, doesn't know what he's up to at night. And his supervisor suspects there may be trouble ahead.
As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against the limits of the law - and his own morality. And with Viv increasingly unwell, his love life complicated, to say the least, Evan begins to wonder who might be there for him, when the time comes.
From an award-winning author, The Easy Way Out is a brilliantly funny and exquisitely sad novel that gets to the heart of one of the most difficult questions each of us may face: would you help someone die?
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 210 x 190 x 17 mm
In this captivating novel, Steven Amsterdam explores the philosophical complexity of end-of-life choice without ever losing the urgency of an absorbing plot. The Easy Way Out is written with insight, humor, and brio. -- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
Movingly rendered and blackly funny . . . an unfailing compassion and humanity. You might want to find and find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel * Guardian *
An unsentimental, thought-provoking tale about the meanings of life, death and freedom of choice * Sunday Times *
Amsterdam is a master satirizer of politically correct bureaucracy * The Times *
Amsterdam is so damn good. He is up there with the best, Delillo and the like, original as Tsolkias, but most importantly he is a master storyteller in his own right, assured and compelling, he somehow articulates things you know deep down but never been able to put your finger on. I never want to stop reading him. -- Anna Krien, author of Night Games
The Easy Way Out is a perfect storm of a novel. Superbly written and instantly engaging. * Sydney Morning Herald *
The Easy Way Out is incredibly funny . . . striking and unsettling . . . a finely poised book that deals with a difficult - and also critically important - subject matter with remarkable tenderness, humour, and nuance. * Australian Book Review *
Even in the blackest scenes Amsterdam's gift for mordant humour keeps the reader entertained. * Sunday Times *
A timely and stimulating topical novel. * Australian *
It's so, so good - one of my year's reading highlights. -- Charlotte Wood, author of The Natural Way of Things
A sharp, often hilarious and strangely life-affirming book about assisted suicide . . . wry, brilliantly funny, incredibly moving. * Attitude Magazine *
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