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A Cure for Suicide

A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball
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From the acclaimed author of Silence Once Begun comes 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, but 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 Suicide is the most captivating novel yet from this audacious and original writer.

Jesse Ball is the author of four other novels: Samedi the Deafness, The Way Through Doors, The Curfew, and Silence Once Begun. He was a finalist for the 2015 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and a 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Ball received an NEA creative writing fellowship for 2014 and the 2008 Paris Review Plimpton Prize. His verse has been included in the Best American Poetry series. He gives classes on lucid dreaming and lying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

‘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 à 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

The Text Publishing Company; June 2015
256 pages; ISBN 9781925095852
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Title: A Cure for Suicide
Author: Jesse Ball
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