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Should We Stay or Should We Go

Should We Stay or Should We Go (Audio CD / Audio)

By Shriver, Lionel
Read by Curtis, Hannah

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When her father dies, Kay Wilkinson can't cry. Over ten years, Alzheimer's had steadily eroded this erudite man into a paranoid lunatic. Surely one's own father passing should never come as such a relief. Both medical professionals, Kay and her husband Cyril have seen too many el...derly patients in similar states of decay. Although healthy and vital in their early fifties, the couple fears what may lie ahead. Determined to die with dignity, Cyril makes a modest proposal. To spare themselves and their loved ones such a humiliating and protracted decline, they should agree to commit suicide together once they've both turned eighty. When their deal is sealed, 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. Were they to cut life artificially short, what would they miss out on? Something terrific? Or something terrible? Might they end up in a home? A fabulous luxury retirement village, or a Cuckoo's Nest sort of home? Might being demented end up being rather fun? What future for humanity awaits--the end of civilization, or a Valhalla of peace and prosperity? What if cryogenics were really to work? What if scientists finally cure aging? Both timely and timeless, Lionel Shriver addresses serious themes--the compromises of longevity, the challenge of living a long life and still going out in style--with an uncannily light touch. Weaving in a host of contemporary issues, from Brexit and mass migration to the coronavirus, Shriver has pulled off a rollicking page-turner in which we never have to mourn perished characters, because they'll be alive and kicking in the very next chapter.
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ISBN 9781665096959
Publisher HarperCollins
Format Audio CD/Audio
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ISBN-13 9781665096959
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 10-15 working days
Publisher HarperCollins
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Country
Format Audio CD/Audio
 › 6 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Shriver, Lionel
Read by Curtis, Hannah
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 135mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 813.54
Weight 204g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Domestic fiction, Married people, Audiobooks, Fiction, Suicide pacts
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade