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We All Want Impossible Things

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‘Devastatingly humorous and humorously devastating…an unbelievably brilliant and funny book about friendship, family, food, sex, and death. Catherine Newman serves up a masterclass in narrative – you’ll stay up late devouring every word.’ KATHERINE HEINY, author of Early Morning Riser and Standard DeviationEdi and Ash have been best friends for over forty years, a bond formed by a lifetime of memories. Since childhood they have seen each other through life’s milestones: stealing vodka from their parents, REM concerts, unexpected Scottish wakes, marriages, infertility, children. As Ash notes, “Edi’s memory is like the back-up hard drive for mine.” When Edi is diagnosed with the final stages of terminal ovarian cancer, she makes the painstaking decision to leave behind her husband and son to move to a hospice down the road from Ash. Fierce and loving, Ash’s world reshapes around the rhythms of Edi’s palliative care, from chipped ice and watermelon cubes to music therapy; from inadvisable Pringle-consumption to impromptu excursions out into the frozen Massachusetts winter night. As the novel winds to its powerful conclusion, We All Want Impossible Things’ unforgettable characters and the forcefields of love between them will touch readers to the core, throwing the full panorama – the humour, compassion and absurdity – of not only dying, but also of living, into bold relief.]]>

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