A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball

By Jesse Ball

From the writer of Silence as soon as Begun—one of our so much audacious and unique writers—a beguiling new novel a few guy beginning over on the most simple point, and the unusual girl who insinuates herself into his lifestyles and memory.

A guy and a lady have moved right into a small condo in a small village. the girl is an “examiner,” the fellow, her “claimant.” The examiner is either health care provider and advisor, charged with instructing the claimant a sequence of easy features: it is a chair, it is a fork, this can be the way you meet humans. She makes notes in her magazine approximately his growth: he's displaying development, but his desires are troubling. someday, the examiner brings him to a celebration, and the following he meets Hilda, a charismatic yet unstable girl whose excellent assertions throw every little thing the claimant has discovered into query. what's this village? Why is he the following? And who's Hilda? a desirable novel of affection, sickness, depression, and betrayal, A medication for Suicide is the main appealing novel but from one in all our most enjoyable younger writers.

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There's food here, and besides that I don't think my arm will ever be much good anymore. SOUPEAU enters busily from the Hostelry. He is scrupulously dressed. SIMONE enters behind him dragging a trunk. SOUPEAU (clapping his hands) : Maurice, Robert, Gus­ tave, let's go, let's go. You have to load the china up. Everything in the storeroom has to be put on the trucks. Pack the hams in salt. But load the wine on first. Drink your coffee later : this is war. We're going to B ord e aux . They continue tlzeir breakfast.

Henri, y ou know how I dislike interfering in business matters. But I can no longer ignore your dealings with this Cap ta in Fetain. We all know that he is a Fascist. MAYOR: has returned from the Hostelry with a ven­ dor's tray, loaded with large bags, tied about her; in her hands she carries two more baskets stuffed with bags. SIMONE I suggest you be careful, Ph ili ppe, when you call the Captain a Fascist. soUP EAU: ( bitterly ) : "I suggest you be careful! " Is that all that you and your Captain Fetain can say to me, with the Germans already at the Loire?

The aristocracy is against the King. Th at's the way it reads in your book, too. While behind you stand the people, espe­ cially Maurice. Can't we come to an agreement, Joan, just you and I? MAYOR: Why not, Your Majesty? ( Hesistantly. ) Only you 'll have to take a fi rmer hand in business m atters and see that the food pails are always full. SIMON E : I'll see what I can do. In any case I'll h ave to be careful, otherwise they're l i able to cut my royal salary. I 've always been the man to close his eyes to everything, so that when I do h ave someth ing to say nobody p ays any atte n tion to me .

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