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Should We Stay or Should We Go

Should We Stay or Should We Go (Hardback)

By Shriver, Lionel

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The Cassandra of American letters. -New York Times When her father dies, Kay Wilkinson can't cry. Over ten years, Alzheimer's had steadily eroded this erudite man. Surely one's own father passing should never come as such a relief? Both healthy and vital medical professionals in ...their early fifties, Kay and her husband Cyril have seen too many of their elderly NHS patients in similar states of decay. Determined to die with dignity, Cyril makes a modest proposal: they should agree to commit suicide together once they've both turned eighty. When their deal is sealed in 1991, the spouses are blithely looking forward to another three decades together. But then they turn eighty. By turns hilarious and touching, playful and grave, Should We Stay or Should We Go portrays twelve parallel universes, each exploring a possible future for Kay and Cyril, from a purgatorial Cuckoo's-Nest-style retirement home to the discovery of a cure for ageing, from cryogenic preservation to the unexpected pleasures of dementia. Weaving in a host of contemporary issues - Brexit, mass migration, the coronavirus - Lionel Shriver has pulled off a rollicking page-turner in which we never have to mourn deceased characters, because they'll be alive and kicking in the very next chapter.
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ISBN 9780008458553
Released NZ 1 Oct 2021
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780008458553
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint The Borough Press
Released 1 Oct 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 6 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Shriver, Lionel
Category Modern Fiction
Medical Ethics
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 227mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 813.6
Weight 460g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce, FICTION / Political, FICTION / Humorous / General
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade

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