Thursday, April 23, 2015

Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You - A Cure for Suicide; Jesse Ball

This book looked different from anything I've read recently. It will hit bookstores in July
Would you try it?

A Cure for Suicide; Jesse Ball
Pantheon - July 2015

(DESCRIPTION) - From the author of Silence Once Begun—one of our most audacious and original writers—a beguiling new novel about a man starting over at the most basic level, and the strange woman who insinuates herself into his life and memory. 
A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an "examiner," the man, her "claimant." The examiner is both doctor and guide, charged with teaching the claimant a series of simple functions: this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. She makes notes in her journal about his progress: he is showing improvement, yet his dreams are troubling. One day, the examiner brings him to a party, and here he meets Hilda, a charismatic but volatile woman whose surprising assertions throw everything the claimant has learned into question. What is this village? Why is he here? And who is Hilda? A fascinating novel of love, illness, despair, and betrayal, A Cure for Suicideis the most captivating novel yet from one of our most exciting young writers.


  1. Hmmm...I'm a little confused I think. Somehow this sounds sort of sci-fi or dystopian. Maybe it's the term 'claimant'. Interesting.

  2. It does sound intriguing. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'd like to learn more.

  3. Like Kay I'm confused. I don't think this would be a book for me. Are you planning on reading it?

  4. Kya, Suko and Dar - I was just as confused as you were, but something about this, maybe the fact thatit IS so different, makes me want to try it.


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