A Cure for Suicide (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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I’m really into Jesse Ball right now after reading his latest full novel, How To Set a Fire and Why, which caught my eye because of the fantastic title. Here’s his previous book with another equally great title. The plot definitely riffs on some old ideas—erasing pain and memories a lá “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”—but Ball is a great writer who really brings his characters to life in a unique way. A talented, immensely current young novelist to keep tabs on.

-- Delaney

— From Delaney A. Staff Picks



A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an "examiner," charged with teaching the man a series of simple functions--this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. Still, the man is haunted by strange dreams, and when he meets a charismatic, volatile young woman named Hilda at a party, it throws everything he has learned into question. What is this village? And why is he here?

A fascinating novel of love, illness, despair, and betrayal, A Cure for Suicide is the most captivating novel yet from one of our most audacious and original young writers.

About the Author

Born in New York in 1978, Jesse Ball is the author of fourteen books, including the novels Samedi the Deafness and How to Set a Fire and Why. His prizewinning works of absurdity have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101872130
ISBN-10: 1101872136
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries