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Steven Amsterdam, a native New Yorker, works as a psychiatric nurse in Melbourne, Australia.
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2010. A look at a possible cataclysmic world filled with disasters - natural and man made. Beginning with the Millennium Bug we follow our protagonist as a nine year old growing up in a world lurching from one problem to the next. Although looking at a future that could have been if YK2 had happened it is constantly reminding us that just because we didn’t get that prediction right there are many more that could become reality. A thought provoking debut.
Evan ist Krankenpfleger, und sein Leben ist chaotisch. Seine energiegeladene Mutter halt ihn trotz ihrer Krankheit ordentlich auf Trab. Seine Freunde Lon und Simon, mit denen er soeben eine Dreiecksbeziehung begonnen hat, wunschen sich mehr als nur ein Abenteuer, was ihn ziemlich beunruhigt. Zu alldem kommt noch sein neuer Job: Im Krankenhaus soll er Menschen, die Sterbehilfe beantragen, auf ihrem Weg begleiten. Witzig und ernsthaft, leicht und tiefgrndig, mit Humor und radikaler Liebe erzhlt dieser Roman vom Sterben und feiert dabei das Leben.
EVAN IS A SUICIDE ASSISTANT. HIS JOB IS LEGAL - JUST. 'A poignant, sharply funny story that raises questions about life, death, and love' Louise O'Neill 'You might just want to find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel' Guardian Shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal 2017. Evan is the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it. Evan's friends don't know what he does during the day. His mother, Viv, doesn't know what he's up to at night. And his supervisor suspects there may be trouble ahead. As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against the limits of the law - and his own morality. And with Viv increasingly unwell, his love life complicated, to say the least, Evan begins to wonder who might be there for him, when the time comes. From an award-winning author, The Easy Way Out is a brilliantly funny and exquisitely sad novel that gets to the heart of one of the most difficult questions each of us may face: would you help someone die?
Okay, tell me which you want, Alek asks his cousin at the outset of What the Family Needed. To be able to fly or to be invisible? And soon Giordana, a teenager suffering the bitter fallout of her parents divorce, finds that she can, at will, become as invisible as she feels. Later, Aleks mother, newly adrift in the disturbing awareness that all is not well with her younger son, can suddenly swim with Olympic endurance. Steven Amsterdams incandescent novel follows the members of this gorgeously imagined extended family over three decades, as they each discover, at a moment of crisis, that they possess a supernatural power. But instead of crimes to fight and villains to vanquish, the family confronts inner demons, and their extraordinary abilities prove to be not so much magic weapons but expressions of their fears and longings as they struggle to come to terms with who they are and what fate deals them. As the years pass, their lives intersect and overlap in surprising and poignant ways, and the real magic is revealed to lie not in their superpowers but in the very human and miraculous ways they are able to accept, protect, and love one another.
Opening on the eve of the millennium, when the world as we know it is still recognisable, we meet the nine-year-old narrator as he flees the city with his parents, just ahead of a Y2K breakdown. Next he is a teenager with a growing criminal record, taking his grandparents for a Sunday drive. In a world transformed by battles over resources, he teaches them how to steal. In time we see him struggle through strange, horrific and unexpectedly funny terrain as he goes about the no longer simple act of survival. Despite the chaos of his world, he keeps his eyes on the exit door, his heart open and his mind on what he thinks is going to happen next. Longlisted for the Guardian first book award.
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