What Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through A Novel Sigrid Nunez

A story about the meaning of life and death, and the value of companionship.


A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In each of these people the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own.

In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

  • “Emotionally intense and impossible to put down, this intimate novel about a woman asked to help a terminally ill friend end her life is leavened with wit and tenderness.” — People
  • “Powerful . . . The narrator, and in turn the reader, are transformed.” — The Boston Globe
  • “Cultivating care for others is the crowning achievement of the novel. . . . offering a touching, poignant illustration of what it means to have empathy for the lives around you. It is especially apt, given how the book is published during a time of collective mourning.” — USA Today
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Specificaties

ISBN
9780593329009
Uitgever
Penguin US
Druk
1e
Datum
08-09-2020
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
224 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback Paperback
Genre
Engelstalige literatuur

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