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The Easy Way Out


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Steven Amsterdam is a writer and palliative care nurse. Originally from New York City, he now lives in Melbourne. His most recent novel about assisted suicide, The Easy Way Out, has enjoyed critical acclaim in both the UK and Australia, and has been long-listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His first book Things We Didn't See Coming was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. His second book, What the Family Needed was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


The Easy Way Out is a poignant, sharply funny story that raises questions about life, death, and love, with plenty of heart and dark humour. -- Louise O'Neill
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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