The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s vision of the future certainly has its bleak aspects (microchips for the elderly, human interactions routinely recorded), but undercutting the chill of a technological mortality is an unfailing compassion and humanity. You might want to find and find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel.
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Evan's job is to help people die.

Evan is a nurse, a suicide assistant. His job is legal - just. He's 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 and 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?

 

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Published November 3, 2016 by Riverrun.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Suzi Feay on Nov 12 2016

Amsterdam’s vision of the future certainly has its bleak aspects (microchips for the elderly, human interactions routinely recorded), but undercutting the chill of a technological mortality is an unfailing compassion and humanity. You might want to find and find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel.

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