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A Cure for Suicide

A Cure for Suicide is a peculiar, yet strangely enticing, dystopian tale filled with Orwellian undertones that will keep you hooked right until the very last page.

How do you build a person from scratch? How do you reconstruct a memory in place of a painful one forgotten? If you surrender your identity to stay alive, have you really survived? Jesse Ball explores these questions and more in a plot filled with elements of memory, time, relationships, control, and what it means to be human.

The book explores the nature of self and identity, and our place in the flow of life. It’s also about memory: “We think of memory as a redeeming thing. We built monuments that appear to be monuments to this person or that person or this struggle or that, but really, do you know what they are? They are monuments to memory itself.” Who are we, indeed, without memory or a known past?

A Cure for Suicide is thoughtfully written and downright haunting. If you're a fan of The Handmaid's Tale and Never Let Me Go, you will love this one. Highly recommended!