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Should we stay or should we go : a novel / Lionel Shriver.

Shriver, Lionel, (author.).

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  • 25 of 31 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Putnam Public Library.

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1 current hold with 31 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Putnam Public Library SHRIVER (Text to phone) 33610148408518 New Material Checked out 12/17/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063094246
  • ISBN: 006309424X
  • Physical Description: 266 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

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When her father, who had been ravaged by Alzheimer's for ten years, dies, Kay and her husband, Cyril, determined to one day die with dignity, take control of their final years by making a pact to exit the world together at the age of eighty.
Over ten years, Kay Wilkinson watched as Alzheimer's steadily eroded her father into a paranoid lunatic. Both medical professionals, Kay and her husband Cyril have seen too many elderly 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.... -- adapted from jacket
Subject: Married people > Fiction.
Older people > Fiction.
Suicide pacts > Fiction.
Choice (Psychology) > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.

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Should We Stay or Should We Go : A Novel
Should We Stay or Should We Go : A Novel
by Shriver, Lionel
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Should We Stay or Should We Go : A Novel


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 elderly 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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