Powerful, beautiful, and quirky, this unique novel about anxiety-ridden and death-obsessed Gilda is a dream of a read.
Our July 2021 Book Club Recommendation
This deliciously quirky, amusing and sharply-pointed debut novel slowly wormed its way into my heart and soul. Anxiety is plaguing Gilda, who also has death on her mind, she unexpectedly finds herself in a new job, fending off unwanted attention from men while keeping her girlfriend secret, and investigating a suspicious death. Emily Austin writes with such honesty and empathy, I found her words burrowed their way into my mind before reaching beyond thought, to feelings. It took me a while to get to know and warm to Gilda, she borders on awkward as she tells her story. I gradually found myself getting closer and closer to this fragile yet thoughtful and beautiful woman. The plot weaves a unique magic as it ranges from mystery to family drama to relationship story. The humour is pithy and smart, the observations can sting yet are compassionate, and the descriptions simply sing. I really have fallen in love with this book, and can’t wait to see what comes next from Emily Austin, she is a writer I will be looking out for. Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a compelling, provocative, and beautiful LoveReading Star Book.
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
|Publication date:||8th July 2021|
|Publisher:||W F Howes Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 07/10/2021
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Emily Austin had me in stitches at Gilda’s predicaments one moment, then weeping the next. This insightful and poignant book is one I will never forget.
Emily Austin had me in stitches at Gilda’s predicaments one moment, then weeping the next. This insightful and poignant book is one I will never forget. As Gilda obsesses and overthinks her way through life, I could not help but feel her every emotion, be it dread, anxiety or fear. But it was her attempts to pass as a devout Catholic that had me roaring with laughter. This wonderful book took me into the mind of a woman struggling with her mental health and made me really feel everything she felt. A stunning debut.
Hold on to your seat! Here’s a quirky novel with a unique voice that will toss you around.
This novel takes a bit of getting into. At first I wasn’t sure I liked the tone of the writing, but once I got used to it, the book zipped along helter skelter and in all different directions. The author is clever in the way Gilda thinks – it’s much like every human who can’t concentrate on anything for a length of time and her thoughts lurch from one subject to another. If you can cope with that (and with her erratic behaviour) you’ll enjoy this book. And whilst the character on the outside is hard, flawed and slightly strange, in truth she cares deeply about the people who matter to her, she is just misunderstood. I think this will be a marmite book – you’ll either love it or hate it. I like marmite but I couldn’t have too many pieces of toast at the same time.
Irreverent humour, on point observations and an endearing protagonist in the shape of twenty-seven-year-old mentally beleaguered Gilda combine in a heartfelt and impressive debut.
Irreverent humour, on point observations and an endearing protagonist in the shape of twenty-seven-year-old mentally beleaguered Gilda combine in a heartfelt and impressive debut. Riddled with anxiety and preoccupied by thoughts of death, Gilda is a frequent visitor to the emergency room but when she presents with a broken arm, and something other than her usual complaint of heart palpitations, she typically plays it down as the result of “a small car accident”. Having been sacked from the bookstore where she worked following multiple absences Gilda is only too aware that she needs to talk about her troubling thoughts. But when a flyer advertising mental health support takes her to the local Catholic Church she accidentally finds herself employed as their new receptionist. Gilda hates to let anyone down, can’t say no, cries at the drop of a hat and refuses to be the bearer of bad news and is also an atheist and lesbian, not that she is telling Father Jeff that though!
Drafted into the position of deceased Grace Moppet, Gilda soon finds herself engaging in an email correspondence with Grace’s old friend and getting to grips with the catechism and communion, all whilst avoiding tackling the pile of dishes in her apartment. Her girlfriend is fighting a losing battle for her attention, a male life coach seems to think he is dating her and between her dysfunctional family and idiosyncratic colleagues, Gilda is surrounded by a memorably well-drawn cast of characters. The book consists of Gilda’s internal monologue and follows her many misadventures, including elements of family and relationship drama. When a second half mystery element relating to her predecessors death raises the stakes I was vying for Gilda and her unorthodox approach to investigating all the way. There is a warmth and honesty to the writing that, despite Gilda’s dark thoughts on mortality and the fragility of human existence, makes for an often hilarious, wonderfully thoughtful and involving novel.
An interesting read following the day to day life of Gilda, a gay atheist in her 20s.
The title of this book really appealed to me and made me laugh, although I had no idea what to expect from it. It follows Gilda, a 27 year old lesbian and atheist, who somehow lands herself with a job in a Catholic church by mistake. She has a few mental health issues, which means she is quite fixated by death (which came from her finding her rabbit dead one day) and finds herself regularly at the local emergency room, so much so she knows the staff there by name.
I found Gilda a very interesting character to read about, she is quirky but also quite infuriating in some of the things she does. The book covers the mundane aspects of life and although there isn’t a lot happening in the book, it is a good read that is easy to pick up and put down again without getting confused.
One of the most unusual books I have ever read.
This is certainly an unusual story, narrated by Gilda as she tries to make sense of life and solve a mystery. Gilda comes from a dysfunctional family and I would have liked to find out more about her early life and what caused the issues with her brother. Gilda is very complex and very believable. She is surprisingly easy to warm to, thanks to Emily Austin's excellent characterisation.The book is well written and keeps the reader's attention but because it is unusual it may not be to everyone's taste. I'd certainly read books by this author in the future.
Quirky, baffling, bizarre, and utterly unique! I loved it!
A quirky, bizarre, but utterly compelling read. A peek inside the mind of Gilda, a struggling, confused, depressed hypochondriac. She has a bad relationship with her parents and a difficult one with her alcoholic brother. She has a girlfriend who she cares about but never texts, and a man who thinks he's her boyfriend who she talks to almost daily. She's at the hospital almost every day and ends up working in a Catholic church when she's looking for a therapy session to attend. The book races along, keeping pace with Gilda's complexities and drawing the reader into her mind and her world, as baffling as it might be. I loved it!