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A Cure For Suicide


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'This dystopian novel from Ball is both a puzzle box and a haunting love story...Whatever the source of this book's elusive magic, it should cement Ball's reputation as a technical innovator whose work delivers a powerful emotional impact.' STARRED Review, Publishers Weekly 'A poet by trade, Ball understands the economy of language better than most fiction writers today.' Huffington Post 'With the simplicity of a fable and the drama of a psychological thriller, Ball tells a story about starting over from nothing, reconstructing life from its most basic elements...At each unforeseeable turn, A Cure for Suicide is a story Ball ensures we understand and, because it is subtle and breathtaking, we are happy to be told.' New York Times 'Fans of eerie dystopian settings a la Never Let Me Go will love this read.' Elle '[A Cure for Suicide] is a novel that is simultaneously powerful and elusive, whose dreamlike textures and sense of dislocation lend its reflection of our own fears genuine power, suggesting not just unsettling questions about our own unease about suffering, but also probing the uncertain intersection of fiction and reality, memory and imagination.' Australian 'As in his previous novel Silence Once Begun, Ball's prose is careful and elegant, with moments of freeze-dried lyricism...Beyond the narrative games it achieves a beauty of a kind; pathos even. It repays a second reading.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald '[A] strange and beautiful tale...I am already looking forward to rereading it.' Otago Daily Times 'Ball artfully keeps the reader in the same position, measuring out a little information here, a little there, always suggesting that no information is, or ever can be, complete, until an emotional disaster, a tragic revelation and two or three extraordinary structural shifts break open our way of seeing things.' Guardian 'A love story about a penniless man and a rich, dying woman, and it's one of the finest things Ball has ever written, a magical, gripping burst of emotional history, which interrogates the book's ultimate subject, suicide and the desire for oblivion... In Ball's best and eeriest work, it gives him the power to touch deep, luminous emotions.' Chicago Tribune 'Jesse Ball is a master of dialogue...The book prompts a conversation about life-how we enter it, how we navigate its shoals, and how we exit it.' New York Journal of Books 'Ball, also a poet, writes with a restrained specificity, his language so precise and clinical that it compounds into lyricism.' O Magazine 'A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball is irresistible, hitting you between the eyes without ever veering into sentimentality.' Big Issue 'Magnetic, suspenseful, occasionally heart-rending...There are echoes of the Peter Weir movie The Truman Show and the Tom McCarthy novel Remainder.' Boston Globe 'What starts out as a playful thought experiment evolves into a meditation on grief, trauma and recovery in Jesse Ball's stylishly wrought novel...[A] strange, always engaging story.' Huffington Post, Best Fiction Books of 2015

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