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Suicide Club

If you could live forever . . . would you?

By Rachel Heng

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SUICIDE CLUB by Rachel Heng is a provocative debut novel set in a near-future New York, where life expectancy averages three hundred years, and the pursuit of immortality has become all-consuming...but some people fighting for the right to live - and die - as they choose.

They leave us no choice.

AS FEATURED ON BBC.COM. A 2018 DEBUT TO WATCH OUT FOR AS SELECTED BY INDEPENDENT, GRAZIA, THE BOOKSELLER AND THE RUMPUS AND AN ELLE, STYLIST AND I MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED SUMMER READ.

'Original and subversive.' Independent

'Thought-provoking, moving, worryingly convincing - and ultimately hopeful.' Irish Times

'A provocative new author. A fascinating debut novel. Read it!' Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy

'Life-affirming . . . "Be careful what you wish for" has never been so chilling, or so gripping' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said

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What are you doing to help yourself? What are you doing to show that you're worth the resources?

In a near-future world, medical technology has progressed far enough that immortality is now within grasp -but only to those who show themselves to be deserving of it. These people are the lifers: the exercisers, yogacisers, green juicers and early nighters.

Genetically perfect, healthy and wholesome, one hundred-year-old Lea is the poster girl for lifers, until the day she catches a glimpse of her father in the street, eighty-eight years after their last encounter. While pursuing him, Lea has a brush with death which sparks suspicions. If Lea could be so careless, is she worthy of immortality?

Suicide Club wasn't always an activist group. It began as a set of disillusioned lifers, gathering to indulge in forbidden activities: performances of live music, artery-clogging meals, irresponsible orgies. But now they have been branded terrorists and are hunted by the state.

And Lea has decided to give them a call.

'Chilling . . . Through crisscrossing stories about love and loss, suffused in some wonderful and heartbreaking prose, she takes the reader on a journey to truly understand the question: who wants to live forever?' Stylist

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'Addictive' Sun

'Gripping' Red

'Clever, bold and makes you think about the value of life' Good Housekeeping

'The future is here. Let's welcome one of its stars. Talented and ferociously intelligent, Heng has produced a glittering debut.' Joanna Briscoe, author of You

'If the styling is satirical . . . Heng isn't playing for laughs . . . the fascinating and compelling scenario on show here ultimately forces you to question nothing less than the meaning of life' Metro

Biographical Notes

Rachel Heng is a Singaporean writer who graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature & Society. After working in the finance sector in London for several years, Rachel moved to Austin, TX, to pursue an MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at the highly selective Michener Center for Writers, where she is currently a James A. Michener Fellow.

Rachel's short stories have been widely published in literary journals such as The Offing, Prairie Schooner, the minnesota review and elsewhere. Her fiction has won Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has been recommended by the Huffington Post.

Suicide Club is Rachel's first novel.

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  • Publication date: 10 Jul 2018
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Life-affirming . . . "Be careful what you wish for" has never been so chilling, or so gripping — Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
We raced through this addictive take on the modern obsession with youth and perfection — Fabulous Magazine, Sun
Original and subversive — Independent
An intriguing idea in which Heng takes a much-needed swipe at health fascism and our obsession with youth, beauty and superfoods — Mail on Sunday
A complicated and promising debut that spoofs the current health culture craze even as it anticipates its appalling culmination. — Kirkus
Rachel Heng's highly readable debut novel is thought-provoking, moving, worryingly convincing - and ultimately hopeful — Irish Times
A provocative new author. A fascinating debut novel. Read it! — Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy
Clever, bold and makes you think about the value of life — Good Housekeeping
Suicide Club bends genre with grace and artistry, delivering us to the outermost reaches of what's familiar and affirming what dares to still exist there: family, friendship, and forgiveness. With superb writing, Rachel Heng has crafted a world inside of a world gone mad, one where love faces its most difficult test. This is an exciting, bold, inventive novel. — Kristen Iskandrian, author of MOTHEREST
The future is here. Let's welcome one of its stars. Talented and ferociously intelligent, Heng has produced a glittering debut — Joanna Briscoe, author of YOU
Suicide Club is a bold and brilliant book — Francesca Jakobi, author of BITTER
Heng expertly threads a ribbon of dread through her glittering vistas and gleaming characters . . . A complicated and promising debut — Kirkus
Glitters, darkly . . . a subversive celebration of life. — Nick Clark Windo
I always love novels that can combine powerful writing with massive levels of compassion and heart, and SUICIDE CLUB is one such book. Its genre-straddling dark heart can't fail to impress. — James Smythe
Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng's highly imaginative debut — Library Journal
If the styling is satirical . . . Heng isn't playing for laughs . . . the fascinating and compelling scenario on show here ultimately forces you to question nothing less than the meaning of life — Metro
A provocative and engrossing novel, SUICIDE CLUB has plenty to say about our obsession with health fads — Stylist
What is particularly chilling about SUICIDE CLUB is that the dystopian world it's set in - one obsessed with looks and youth - is not an entirely implausible vision of the future . . . Through crisscrossing stories about love and loss, suffused in some wonderful and heartbreaking prose, she takes the reader on a journey to truly understand the question: who wants to live forever? — The Skinny
A feat of blazing imagination, Rachel Heng's Suicide Club is a thought-provoking look at a near-future society that feels a quarter-turn away from ours. Heng's storytelling gleams, but this novel doesn't shy away from darkness - thank goodness. — Kelly Luce, author of PULL ME UNDER
a refreshingly original debut. — Bookriot
Suicide Club is a rarity in the summer books season: a novel that will make you think about life and how you live it. — Medium
Suicide Club shows us the way to live a life that might be something to be ultimately worth dying for. — Medium
Part critique of the American cult of wellness, part glittering future with a nightmare undercurrent, Suicide Club is nothing if not deeply imaginative and timely — Kaulie, The Millions
Gripping — Red Magazine
Subversive and satirical, Heng has channelled all of our Insta-obsessions and turned them into a mind-blowing mystery. — Emerald Street
Heng's vision of the future is undoubtedly big, bold and well-researched. Her expansive world-building marks her as a name to watch. — The Business Times Singapore
Catch[es] the zeitgeist of our troubling times . . . Suicide Club is a very good story, and Heng writes like a dream about of the triumph of love and the benefit of not playing by the rules. In their search for meaning, her characters reject conformity for individuality and freedom. Perhaps our world is not so bad. — Heidi Kingstone, Standpoint Magazine

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